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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)-

E il silenzio è così profondo che mi arriva il leggero ticchettio degli otto orologi sopra il lungo bancone della reception che contano i secondi a Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Londra, Il Cairo, Mosca, Singapore e Keflavìk. Ciascuno ticchetta nel proprio orario e lo mostra a chiunque entri, come per ricordarci che ogni secondo nel mondo accade qualcosa di completamente svincolato dalla nostra esistenza, per farci capire che abbiamo ben poco rilievo, ben poco peso.
—  Jon Kalman Stefansson, I pesci non hanno gambe

“This is the city. Paris, France. It is just like any other big city, London, New York, Tokyo…except for two little things. In Paris, people eat better and in Paris people make love, well, perhaps not better, but certainly more often.”
— Love in the Afternoon (1957)

anonymous asked:

This is my restaurant. We serve cheeseburgers. None of that New York Tokyo truffles and gold flake crap. We make what I say we make, and we serve it to you. Want mushrooms on your burger? Too crappin’ bad. Meat patty, grilled onions, and American cheese, on a bun. Plain. This ain’t some Paris France crap. This is my restaurant.


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ozian-oncer  asked:

You told Rumplestiltskin a while ago that you've always wanted to travel. Where specifically would you like to go, do you intend on traveling in the near future and who would you bring with you?

I–I’d like to see everything I’ve read about in my books. London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong–so full of legends and stories. And if I could safely, I’d like to visit other realms, too.

Obviously my child would come with me…I…I could show him or her all the things I always wanted to see…

…and if I’m very honest with myself, I’d want Rumple to come too…that’s…that’s why I came back when he sent me to see the world. Despite everything he’s done, he’s the one I wanted to see the world with from the start. It…it wouldn’t be quite as wonderful without him. 

It’s something I suppose we’ll have to talk about…along with everything…everything else…once our child is–is safe.

I got tagged by @your-highness-lyanna-mormont thank you! :D

name/nicknames: Jess, I don’t really have a nickname :(

gender: Female

height: 5′4 / 162cm

hogwarts house: Ravenclaw

favorite color(s): Blue & Purple

time: 18:44

last thing i googled: “5′4 in cm” lol

fictional character you’d like as a sibling: Brienne of Tarth maybe? I think she’d be an awesome sister!

number of blankets i sleep with: Just one

favorite bands/artists: Marina and the Diamonds

dream vacation: Tokyo or New York or Rome

when did i make this blog: Only about two months ago. 

how many blogs do i follow: 238

what do i post about: Game of Thrones / ASOIAF, Harry Potter, The Grisha Trilogy, Marvel…and a few other things

do you get asks on a regular basis: Nah, only when I reblog ask memes and stuff like that

I’m tagging @mimitheflame @theteapotofdoom @moondusteyes @graaysamaa and @sayitwithdisney :)

Les escoumins

Chez les koehler, on ne se pose jamais très longtemps. On crapahute beaucoup. Mais la, après être passé par l'Inde, Pekin, Tokyo, New York, nous redécouvrons le plaisir d être au calme, dans la nature, face à la mer. Il faut dire que notre appart est un véritable petit coin de paradis. Nous sommes là pour deux jours, à lire, se reposer et espérer voir des baleines

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