Books on Music

Mark James Russell: K-POP Now! – The Korean music revolution Tuttle Publishing, 2014, 128pp If the only thing you know about K-pop is Gangnam Style, this book is for you. And even for someone who knows a bit about the subject, this is a handy book to browse. For me, as an occasional lurker and […]

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K-Pop Now! by Mark James Russell – coming soon from Tuttle Publishing

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2014
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At LKL, we loved Mark James Russell’s first book on the Korean entertainment industry, Pop Goes Korea. So we’re looking forward to his follow-up, focusing more narrowly on K-pop, which is due to be launched in April from Tuttle Publishing. It’s already available for preorder on Amazon.co.uk. Below is the official press release, or you […]

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Book launch and talk on Ch’angguk by Dr Andrew Killick

by Philip Gowman 4 June 2011
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Here’s something which I knew nothing about till a couple of days ago. But I’ll certainly be getting myself a copy. Book launch and talk on Ch’angguk by Dr Andrew Killick (Sheffield University)‏ The Asian Performing Arts Forum (http://asianperformingartsforum.wordpress.com) is proud to sponsor a talk on Ch’angguk and book launch by Dr Andrew Killick at […]

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The wave that never was? Mark James Russell’s Pop Goes Korea

by Philip Gowman 8 February 2009
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Mark Russell’s book is a fun and informative account of the Korean entertainment industry. Read a full-length review.

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Keith Howard (ed): Korean Pop Music – riding the wave

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2006
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(Global Oriental, 2006) A very readable introduction to the history of Korean popular music. While the book is a collection of articles by different scholars, careful selection ensures that there’s no duplication and that the coverage is chronological. And for once in a book of this nature there’s evidence that the editor has actually done […]

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Marshall R. Pihl: The Korean Singer of Tales

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2006

(Harvard 1994) Read this before watching Im Kwon-Taek’s Sopyonje. It’s a useful introduction to Pansori styles and rhythms, and contains a translation of the Shimchong-ga, the story of Blind Man Shim and his filial daughter. A number of excerpts from this story is performed in the film and it helps to know the story a […]

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