Interview with Petty Booka

Posted: June 13, 2013 in Past issues

Interview with PETTY BOOKA

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Hey and hellooo! Thanks for answering my questions! Let’s start with the basics: do you remember your first musical experience? When did you start music and when found a ukulele first the way to your heart?

 

Petty :  My mother’s nursery song.

Booka:  Whistle!

Petty:  Actually we started learning to play Ukulele when the Petty Booka project started.

Booka: And now Ukulele is the only instrument I can play.

Petty: I play guitar.

 

Now founding a hawaiian bluegrass band isn’t exactly the most 

obvious idea, especially in Japan, I can imagine. So – how was this ingenious idea born?

 

This ingenious idea was born from Hiroshi Asada, our music producer.  

He is a promoter and has been brought lots of great musicians to Japan from 1970s, like Tom Waits.

 

Is there any philosophy behind Petty Booka?

 

We (whole Petty Booka family, we and Audrey, Hiroshi  and our band musicians) love American roots music and America.

We would like to tell people how great  all the singer/song writers and all the musicians are we have listened to.

 

Let’s hear about the most enjoyable gig you’ve played! Any other 

anecdotes welcome, too!

 

We did one once on the train. Yeah, we were invited to Dan Hicks Christmas show at Fillmore in SF and we sang with him!  It was the most fantastic show we had ever.

 

How do you choose your songs?

 

Team Petty Booka (Hiroshi and Audrey + some more people) choose all the songs we sing.

 

Do you see still any challenges for Petty Booka?

 

Hiroshi is starting collecting songs of canzone… maybe we need to learn Italian!

 

Please tell us a bit about your latest album – what do you love 

about it, why did you wanna make it the way it is?

 

We love it!  We have been making Hawaiian albums, country + bluegrass albums, Dance Hall music and Christmas albums but this is the first full bluegrass album.  Of course it was 

our producer’s idea but we love bluegrass the best.

 

What do you do besides your band?

 

We do another unit called Duet, sing Bob Dylan songs.

 

Any specific wishes for Petty Booka’s future? Any personal 

dreams and hopes you’d like to share?

 

 World tour!!

 

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Thanks to Petty Booka for the interview!<3

www.sister.co.jp/pettybooka

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appeared in Wolverette #4:

On Fertility and Feminism

 by Bailey White

 

Last month, I had my first real period in five years.

Cramps, irritation, bloating – the whole bit. I felt like a teenager on the cusp of puberty. After all, it wasn’t long after puberty that I started taking the birth control pill.

Periods were on non-issue on the pill. They were regulated, down to the hour, and easy to manage. When I ran out of pills last month, I neglected to go see a doctor[1].

For the first time in five years, I didn’t know when to expect my period. When it came, I was at school, and I was unprepared.

I never had to use a tampon dispenser before – maybe if I had I would have known that they are seldom refilled. I scurried building to building, looking for one that was stocked. But it’s a small campus, and to my chagrin, there were no tampons to be had.

It wasn’t five minutes before my political science class that I blew past the instructor. He was heading to the class, and I still searching the ladies’ rooms.

He said with a smile, “Bailey, you’re going the wrong way,” and for a second, I considered grabbing him by the shoulders, shaking him and shouting, “I need a tampon!”

That’d teach him to assume I didn’t have a good reason for my frantic demeanor. Instead I said something like, “Be right back,” and kept walking.

Eventually, I ran into a classmate who put me out of my misery, and all was well again. But it was around this time that I began to think about my fertility and my body.

I’ve read articles about coming off the pill, and reclaiming “womanhood” (that is, one’s menstrual cycle). The implication is that the pill is a man-made (and the emphasis tends to be on “man”) apparatus by which we stifle what it is that makes us female.

The idea is that we should not fix what is not broken, and should not medicate that which is not a disease. Many people will say the same about anti-depressants stifling the human condition. Incidentally, one often finds a substantial number of pot-smokers and drinkers among those who argue this point[2].

I’ve also read articles about young women getting tubal ligations, only to be met with condescending doctors who assert that women simply can’t make such a weighty decision while still young – they may change their minds. After all, women do have an obligation to give birth.

If I haven’t made it clear already, allow me to do so right now: I did not enjoy that period. During it, I found myself contemplating sterilization, or at least, some more permanent form of birth control, like an implant or IUD.

I am a feminist, and that’s not something I hesitate to say. But is feminism not about defying the social norms that dictate what a woman’s role should be? I fear that feminism has developed its own set of norms – of rules by which we must abide to truly identify ourselves as feminists.

And if feminism means that I need to embrace my period, renounce birth control and revel in my heavy flow, than I don’t know if I can call myself that. But, if feminism is indeed intended to level the playing field for all people, however the choose to administrate their bodies and all its functions, then that is something I can adhere to. Lately, I’m just not sure which it is.


[1] Admittedly, I have no good reason for this, my self-imposed busy schedule and a general dislike for the campus clinic are the excuses that I cite, but if I really needed to, I would have gone.

[2]  That is not to suggest that the argument is completely invalid, but rather, in my experience, it is often underdeveloped.

Pregnancy: Facts and Fiction, what Every Feminist Should Know!

by Sabrina Smith

(pictures: Chaz)

Pregnancy is one of the few things that most women will experience. What I mean is, most women will get pregnant at one stage or another in their lives; however feminism seems to turn a blind eye to this occurrence, especially third wave feminism and younger feminists.  There are countless third wave feminist message boards and websites that speak about music, but very few that address pregnancy, motherhood and birth. This leaves feminists vulnerable to media-led and un-feminist views about one of the most natural and collective experiences of womanhood. Currently, All I would like to do is address some of the myths and some of the facts and perhaps generally discuss my overall experience of being pregnant and being a feminist. I’m not saying “rush out and get pregnant” or anything like that. I just want to express how it’s felt for me and perhaps one day you’ll think back to this article, if you ever get pregnant, and be armed with a little bit of extra knowledge that they don’t tell you!

chaz3.pngAt the time of writing this I’m a twenty-seven year old feminist who resides in the UK with my partner and I’m currently seven months pregnant with my first child. I know it’s a boy and I know when he’s due. I’ve been to all the appointments, been to all the scans and we are both pretty healthy. Basically it’s considered a normal pregnancy. I’ve sectioned off things I wanted to say into various headings, both to organise my brain and for easy reference for you.

Antenatal Care

I’ve always been vaguely horrified that most doctors I have dealt with are male. Midwives are female it seems but they tend to act in a nursing capacity. Doctors are still male when you are pregnant and give birth and you will barely see one. The UK has a NHS facility which basically means that all your basic antenatal care is free. My experience is that this is pretty great, but don’t expect the best care. Anything that is considered “non basic” is extra and you will have to seek it out yourself and then be charged for it. Remember those TV shows where antenatal classes are a series of breathing techniques and funny positions often with hilarious consequences? It’s a lie. You will NOT be told about them by the midwife. She will inform you of a one off class, at the hospital you give birth if you are lucky, and it will be information for the birth. The 6 or 8 classes on the TV were once provided (your parents and/or your partners parents may tell you they still exist) but are not deemed “necessary” now.  This is fairly scary especially if you are a first time mum or a single parent or an expectant mother at all! The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) do the classes now. They are a charity and I’ve found it pretty hard to find one locally to me. They also cost around £200, but I think they are worth it if you can afford it. The elimination of these classes also eliminates the right for women who live on a lower income to have that basic knowledge and rights in birth and primary care of their child.

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This text appeared in Wolverette #4, “Mixed Issue”.

I’m a pretty communicative person. I am known to talk to everyone if I’m in a good mood and I guess I am lucky that it has always been quite easy for me to get to know people.
alone&coolOn the other hand, I need a certain amount of alone time, an amount that I consider a bit more than average.
Somewhat normal, I’d say. It’s balanced out and I am happy that way. It seems to make sense, doesn’t it? When I want people around me, I’ll find them and if not, I just get out of their way.
Whenever I am in the mood to just, well, not talk to anybody but still don’t wanna sit around in my own room I tend to frequent cafés or bars, looking for a table with a good view (cause you know, watching people can be extremely entertaining!) and often I take a good book with me.
And you know what? This causes a problem. Not for me in the first instance! I like it that way, hey, after all I chose to be there! But when it comes to the male population of the place I’m at – well, often they don’t seem to understand what the hell I am doing there.
So the usual occurence is that sooner or a later a guy will come up, asking me what I am reading or what I am doing.
Despite the common predjudice that people who want to be alone must be in a kind of bad mood, I usually don’t care (as long as they at least ask before they sit down, behave respectfully and yadda yadda, you know…). Sometimes I happened to get to know interesting people that way!
Naive as I tend to be (oh the bliss and woe of overestimating people’s motives!) it took me a while before understanding why I frequently get „visitors“ at my table and why they are male in 90% of the cases.
Sure, there are the ones who wanna flirt and whatnot – I get that, I’m not bloody stupid! But as for the rest, well, I just thought they are the folksy type of people or – who knows? – maybe they actually are interested in the book I read.
Okay. Not saying that this is never the case but most of the time it wasn’t. The reason was the simple fact that me, a woman, is sitting there, without company.
I bet all women have sooner or later heard the classic scentence „What is a pretty lady like you doing here, all on her own?“ or at least the one or other version of this stupidity.
It seems to be absolutely NUTS to identify as female and be alone in a public space – not being ditched, not waiting for someone. Read the rest of this entry »

Yay! In the next time I’m gonna put the contributions from Wolverette #4, Mixed Issue online (one by one). =)

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ALSO: we have still left many copies of the 5th issue, themed eating disorders.

So go get it!

Issue #5: Eating disorders

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Current Issue

“Underweight is overrated” – by Hadass S. Ben-Ari

“I can’t control myself” – by Annegang

Survey “Riot Grrrls and Eating”

Interview with Maike Reimer from Hungrig Online

“My beautiful self is too fat” – by Marta

“Queering eating disorders” – by Janna Storey

“The eye of the beholder” by Susa Wagner

…and much more stuff. =)

Get da Numba 5 =)

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Current Issue, How to get the zine

Sorry for the unexpectedly long hiatus – Wolverette #5 is ready for so long now but it just wasn’t possible to distrubute it till now… long story… whatever.

Some things are new though – better price!!!

Meaning,

Germany: 2,50€ /1 zine or 4€/2 zines

UK: £ 2,00/ 1 zine or £5/ 3 zines

Rest of Europe: 3€/zine or 8€/ 3 zines

USA: 4$/zine

So if you want your copy of Wolverette Zine #5, please write to wolverette AT yahoo dot de, then I’m gonna send you the Paypal info (do NOT send the money to this e-mail above! The Mail addy for the paypal account is different!)

We also accept  German stamps as payment, as well as zine trades or any decent other trades (mixtapes, stickers,… whatever equals the “worth” of a Wolverette copy) – just contact us by E-Mail (again, the Mail addy is: wolverette AT yahoo dot de)

Again, sorry for the incredibly long wait! Hope, you’re all well and kickin’ ass.

xoxo

P.S. a more detailed description of wolverette #5, what’s inside and stuff, will follow.