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Made in Korea: Studies in Popular Music

From the publisher’s website:

Made in Korea: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Korean popular music. Each essay covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Korea, first presenting a general description of the history and background of popular music in Korea, followed by essays, written by leading scholars of Korean music, that are organized into thematic sections: History, Institution, Ideology; Genres and Styles; Artists; and Issues.

Hyunjoon Shin is a research professor in the Institute for East Asian Studies (IEAS) at Sungkonghoe University, Seoul.

Seung-Ah Lee is a lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches Korean Studies.


Introduction: The Road to Popular Music: Regulation, Resistance, and Negotiations | Hyunjoon Shin & Seung-Ah Lee

Part I. Histories

  1. The Stage Show and the Dance Floor: A History of “Live Music” in Korea | Hyunjoon Shin
  2. Assembling Pop Records in Twentieth Century Korea: A Double is Twice as Good as a Single | Keewoong Lee
  3. Broadcasting Media and Popular Music: Institution, Technologies, and Power | Jung-Yup Lee
  4. Emerging Social Distribution: The Case of K-pop Circulation in the Global Pop Market | Sun Jung

Part II. Genres

  1. Trot and Ballad: Popular Genres of Korean Pop | Yu-Jeong Chang
  2. Korean Rock’s Journey from Group Sound to Indie Rock | Pil Ho Kim
  3. Modern Folksong and People’s Song (Minjung Kayo) | Aekyung Park
  4. Korean Black Music and its Culture: Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop | Jaeyoung Yang

Part III. Artists

  1. Kim Hae-song, An Incomplete Dream of Korean Jazz | Junhee Lee
  2. Shin Joong Hyun’s Rock Sonority and Korean Pentatonicism in “Miin” | Dohee Kwon
  3. Kim Min-ki and the Making of a Legend | Okon Hwang
  4. Seo Taiji Syndrome: Rise of Korean Youth and Cultural Transformation through Global Pop Music Styles in the early 1990s | Eun-Young Jung

Part IV. Issues

  1. Korean Pop Music and Korean Identities: A Political-Cultural History of Korean Pop Music and Its Use of Traditional Korean Musical Elements | Hyunseok Kwon
  2. Who’s Afraid of Korean Idols?: Five Keywords for Understanding Korean Idol Pop | Dong-Yeun Lee
  3. Controlling or Supporting?: A History of Cultural Policies on Popular Music | Soojin Kim
  4. The Voice of Popular Korea: Styles, Genres and Contexts | Haekyung Um


  1. Asia and Beyond: Circulation and Reception of Korean Popular Music outside of Korea | Sunhee Koo & Sang-Yeon Loise Sung


“We tried to catch up, now we should evolve”: A Conversation with Shin Hae-chul | Hyunjoon Shin & Ch’oe Chi-Sŏn

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