Abe Road: Kuwata Keisuke's Political Parody of the Beatles' Abbey Road (new issue, SMT-V, from Society for Music Theory)

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SMT-V, the Society for Music Theory (US)'s video journal, has just published my video about "Abe Road" as its latest issue. In 2009, Kuwata Keisuke, lead singer of the Southern All-Stars, performed "Abe Road," a parody of the Beatles' Abbey Road, as a critique of Japanese politics. His Japanese lyrics sound remarkably like the Beatles' English lyrics, despite the great differences in language and topic. The 10-minute video gives a few examples and explains how he did it.

Noriko Manabe, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Music Studies

Temple University



Visiting Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures (AY2021-22)

Stanford University 


Author, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After FukushimaOxford University Press

Series Editor, 33-1/3 Japan, Bloomsbury Publishing