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Upstart
Read the Memoirs of Yazawa Eikichi
Date:24, Mar, 2017
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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One day, I read "Upstart" the memoirs of Yazawa Eikichi, a Japanese rock singer. I know none of his songs but "Jikan-yo Tomare." My father's often listened to the old song. I was almost difficult to love his bitter voice.

Yazawa was already a solo singer when I was born in 1984. Until the memoirs told me, I didn't know that he used to be a member of the band whose name was "Carol." I have never heard the name and their numbers at all, however. They might be popular among those who have spent the old times.

Glancing at the title of the memoirs "Upstart," I thought it was just a common success narrative. Different. I guess that I learnt the true meaning of the word "upstart" by reading the memoirs. And now I believe not everyone needs to be successful.

Yazawa grew up away from household harmony. His parents both passed away in his childhood. He must have been sent around from one relative to another. I think Yazawa felt lonely very much. So it is supposed that he strongly desired to grow up himself and to receive recognition.

He obstinately aimed for the top like mad. I believe it does not mean being a nouveau riche but becoming himself rising up from the valley floor. I think it is truly meant by the word "upstart."

Yazawa talks about money in the memoirs. I think he needed money more than the usual, to grow himself up since he didn't have his parents. "Success must go to those who need success." Reading the memoirs, I guessed so.


About Upstart

・Written by Yazawa Eikichi
・Published by Kadokawa (1980)





 

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