Out of the glare of western media, A-listers sometimes reveal a different side of themselves to Japan. Read interviews – many conducted under duress by phone, in conference rooms or even in the backseats of vans – with: Erykah BaduDavid ByrneBrian Eno, Herbie Hancock, Jack Johnson, PavementScissor Sisters, Patti SmithJoe StrummerSonic YouthVampire Weekend, the Boston Pops and Blue Man Group.

Iggy Pop didn’t hold back on the relationship between creativity and drugs in his long and sometimes difficult career:

Iggy’s Inner Artist: Raw Power icon Iggy Pop reveals a different side to rock’s favorite bad boy.

Metropolis, issue 520

Photographs of iconic rock stars in concert in Japan:

Slash at Summer Sonic 2010. Photo by Dan Grunebaum.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin at Fuji Rock 2011. Photo by Dan Grunebaum.

Atoms For Peace’s Thom Yorke at Fuji Rock 2010. Photo by Dan Grunebaum.

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Metropolis interview archives:

794: Phoenix

792: Keziah Jones

788: Lee Scratch Perry
787: Mishka
783: Zappa Plays Zappa
779: The Wedding Present
777: David Byrne
774: Presidents of the United States of America

767: Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute

764: Kaiser Chiefs
760: Tim and Puma Mimi
759: Ice Cube
758: Vinyl Soul
757: Bajofondo
755: The Troubadours
752: Spiritualized at Summer Sonic
749: Cajun Dance Party
744: Heat and Noise
739: The Checks
737: Blue King Brown
735: Asian Dub Foundation
734: Scouting For Girls
732: Buzzcocks
730: Old Man River
728: The Kills
726: KT Tunstall
725: Jason Collett
722: Brother’s Sister’s Daughter
720: Sufjan Stevens
716: Gossip
714: The Go! Team
713: Cafe Tacvba
711: Celtic Woman
709: Jack Penate
706: Soulive
703: Animal Collective
703: Reverend and The Makers
702: Battles
700: Dinosaur Jr
696: The Polyphonic Spree
695: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
692: Golden Age of Rock
691: One Fine Day
688: Rhombus
687: Corneille
685: The Cinematic Orchestra
683: 747s
680: Pete Murray
679: Mice Parade
678: Enter Shikari
676: The View
674: !!!
671: Donavon Frankenreiter
670: Herbie Hancock
669: Krystal Meyers
668: The Roots
666: Lily Allen
664: Two for Christmas
663: The Datsuns
661: Peaches
660: Tapes ‘n Tapes
658: Mystery Jets
656: Shayne Ward
654: The Beat
653: Eumir Deodato
652: Mt. Fuji Calling
650: Juno Reactor
649: Yo La Tengo
648: Hyde Park Music Festival
647: Juana Molina
646: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
645: Tool
644: Juan Formell y Los Van Van
643: The Benevento-Russo Duo
641: TV On The Radio
639: Summer Music Festival Guide 2006
638: ESG
636: Editors
634: Greenroom
632: Ben Harper
630: Matmos
627: Arctic Monkeys
626: Erykah Badu
624: Cake
622: Bent Left
620: Mogwai
618: Deerhoof
617: The Album Leaf
616: Tristan Prettyman
614-615: 10, 9, 8….
613: Madonna
612: John Tropea and Incognito
610: Boy
608: Underworld
607: Niyaz
606: The Beautiful Girls
605: Miho Hatori
604: Doves
600: Bang Gang
598: Feist
596: Fantomas
595: Hyde Park Music Festival
593: Little Barrie
591: Juliette Lewis
589: James Chance & The Contortions
588: Carnival: Vice Bongo 1st Anniversary Party
585: Stereophonics
583: Little Joe Washington
581: Caetano Veloso
579: Maximo Park
578: Moe
577: Death From Above 1979
576: Destiny’s Child
575: Megadeth
574: Bandstand
572: Ozomatli
570: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
568: Prefuse 73
566: Pat Metheny
565: Rachel Yamagata
564: The Shins
563: The Music
561-562: Metropolis music survey 2004
559: Blues Explosion
557: The Libertines 
555: G. Love 
554: Dropkick Murphys
553: Kasabian 
552: Fertile Ground 
551: Recliner
550: Jah Shaka
548: Faithless
547: Tokyo Rotation 
545: The Roots
543: Trans Europe Fes
542: Matthew Sweet
541: Heaven Artists
540: Manolito y su Trabuco
539: Rabble rouser
530: Standing in the shadows
527: Stereolab 
525: Questions of the day
523: Tough Cookie
521: Conversion
520: Iggy’s inner artist
519: Control freak chic
499: Geezer’s groove 
496: Slacker rock rules!
486: The redheaded stepchild makes good
485: Positive punk mom
483: Unapologetically acoustic
482: Break and Remake
478: The Blood Brothers
477: Eminem
476: The Kills 
475: Jackson Browne
474: N.E.R.D. 
473: Shred a tabloid, make music
471: Bringing the jams east
465: J. Mascis + the Fog
464: Catching up with Sonic Youth
457/8: On the phone: The Jeevas
446: On the phone: Taxiride
445: Bad Religion
444: Jennifer Love Hewitt
442: The Cinematic Orchestra
441: On the phone: Moby
440: True People’s Celebration
439: Roots Revival
438: The politics of sampling
437: Summer Sonic sampler
436: The Jazz Mandolin Project
435: Indie icons

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