Tokyo New York

Record labels I Have Known and Flown

In Japan I am known as “Ganko” Alan.  Ganko means stubborn in Japanese.

(形) 強情な; 意固地な; 断固とした; 粘り強い 

I am very reasonable with labels at first and listen to suggestions but ultimately I follow my instincts about musical direction.

Below is the back of my album “Alone In Tokyo” (on Atlantic 1970), all in Japanese. I was the first male signing to Atlantic records Japan in history. It has recently been re-issued:

My album “Merrill 1” (Denon/Columbia) - I wrote all the songs and did all the vocals and harmonies and played most of the instruments:

When I was “In Coventry” (grey listed) with the major labels in japan

I did sessions for other people, playing on their recordings. (below)

I have usually been right. Here is the story in three parts.

You Tube clips below-

Part One, the early years-

Part two- Rock ‘n roller coaster-

Part Three, the indie years-

Below recording the “Tokyo New York” album (EMI) with my band Vodka Collins. I left Japan during the recording in a dispute over money and it was released unfinished as I left it, and was still a chart hit! I was the lead singer, lead guitarist and songwriter.

Tokyo-New York by Vodka Collins has been re-issued by EMI as recently as November 2011. I still am unpaid for this album I created. They should have paid me back then, I would have made it an even better album had I stayed. But then there would have been no Arrows in England, a chart hit band I started there in 1974 as a result of my leaving Japan over the money dispute. They (Vodka Collins’ management) could have at least given me enough to pay my rent in Tokyo. I would have stayed. But then there would have been no classic “I Love Rock N Roll” by the Arrows (a song I wrote and recorded in 1975 in the UK with Mickie Most producing) and a swath of rock 'n roll history would have been altered a bit -

(photo below from Shinuhoso fans 1973, a Japanese music magazine)-

Alan Merrill interview on NBC New York in 2011 with host Joey Reynolds talking about “I Love Rock N Roll” and debunking myths. A Youtube clip (below)-

Alan Merrill 1975 at the Rainbow Theater London singing lead on the original “I Love Rock N Roll” live with The Arrows (Below)-


Tokyo DisneySea by jericl cat
Via Flickr:
Toy Story Mania It may have been the most popular attraction in the whole park as we saw wait times reach 240 minutes.

PAN / Available at / Inaugural issue of PAN, a publication based in Tokyo and New York that features visual expressions from a curated array of international artists. Work by Alexander Binder, Julien Langendorff, Anne Vieux, Chyrum Lambert, Yoshirotten, Enrico Boccioletti, Jonathan Zawada, Yoruko Banzai, Noncheleee, Shana Sadeghi-Ray, Tori., Erin D Garcia, Mana Morimoto, Bernhard Handick, Killian Loddo, Go Itami, Brian Vu, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Yuta Kawaguchi. Designer: Junpei Inoue #pan #magazine #graphicdesign #typography #JonathanZawada

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It was hot today so i text this 2 to meet at 30th st 5 ave at this gourmet restaurant for brunch..Cachetes couldn’t belive that my fly was so long and everything died even Milena explain to him how long the fly’s are from tokyo to New York and also talking about our lives the comes and go’s and mostly about work…

And i have to much juice that my estomago esta full they have here the best sándwich i ever taste 🍔🍻🍟🍰

@freebackbird & @willclarksonphotograph thank you for meeting me and having brunch with me ….i am having some personal hard times but nothing that can be move on 💙🍷 i love you both💋

SHIO KUSAKA - Linegroup, Various sizes, Courtesy of Wood Kusaka Studios and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

anonymous asked:

May I get a future ship please~? Biases: Jin (BTS), Joshua (SVT), BamBam (Got7), Sehun (EXO) Honeymoon: Hawaii, Paris, Rome, Tokyo Cars: BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Chevrolet Numbers: 1,3,4,2 Cities: Seoul, Tokyo, Vancouver, New York City Thanks :)

here you are anon!~ :)



Jin (BTS)

Joshua (Seventeen)

BamBam (GOT7)

Sehun (EXO) 

Honeymoon Spots: 



















New York City 

You are going to marry Sehun, honeymoon in Rome, drive a BMW, and settle down in a house in Tokyo with your 2 children!

let me tell you your future! send me 4 biases, honeymoon spots, cars, numbers, and cities through the ask box!

-Admin Koko