Japan’s Mick Karn 1958-2010 R.I.P.


Innovator in the
synth-rock world died following cancer diagnosis.


By Blurt Staff


Sad news to report. Japan (the band) multiinstrumentalist
Mick Karn (born Andonis Michaelides) has passed away at the age of 52. He’d
been battling cancer since being diagnosed with the disease last June.


A post on Karn’s official website yesterday reported the


It’s with profound sadness that we
have to inform you that Mick finally lost his battle with cancer and passed
away peacefully at 4.30pm today, 4th January 2011 at home in Chelsea, London.
He was surrounded by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all.

Posted: 4th January 2011


Karn, of course, was a key component of Japan’s sound and
success, and along with frontman David Sylvian he helped steer the band during
the late ‘70s and early ‘80s to become one of the leading synth-rock outfits. Karn
subsequently worked with everyone from Kate Bush to Gary Numan to Joan
Armatrading, additionally collaborating with Peter Murphy as Dali’s Car. At the
time of his death, Karn was reportedly planning on getting back together with
Murphy for a propose second Dali’s Car album.


[Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons]


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