Made in Korea

Studies in Popular Music

Edited by Hyunjoon Shin

© 2016 – Routledge

272 pages

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Hardback: 9781138793033
pub: 2016-02-29

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents


Part I. History, Institution, Ideology

  • 1. Show on Stage and Dance on the Floor: The Story of "Live Music" in Korea (HYUNJOON SHIN)
  • 2. The Hard Life and Premature Death of Recording in Korea (KEEWOONG LEE)
  • 3. Broadcasting and Popular Music in Korea (YONGJIN WON)
  • 4. K-pop and New Social Media (INGYU OH)

Part II. Genres and Styles

  • 5. Mainstream Korean Pop: Trot and Ballad (EUJEONG ZHANG)
  • 6. From Group Sounds to Indie Bands: An Odyssey of Korean Rock (PIL HO KIM)
  • 7. Modern Folk Song and Minjung Gayo (Protest Song) (AEKYUNG PARK)
  • 8. Korean Black Music and its Culture (JAEYOUNG YANG)

Part III. Artists

  • 9. Kim Haesong, Unfinished Dream of Korean Jazz (JUNHEE LEE)
  • 10. Why is Shin Jung-hyeon called "Korean" Rock musician? (DOHEE KWON)
  • 11. Kim Min-gi: A Korean Bob Dylan? (OKON HWANG)
  • 12. Seo Taiji: Korean Youth, Cultural Transformation and Global Pop in the Early 1990s (EUNYOUNG JUNG)

Part IV. Issues

  • 13. National Identity in Korean Pop Music (GYEWON BYEON)
  • 14. Who’s Afraid of Korean Idol? (DONGYEUN LEE)
  • 15. Controlling or Supporting: A History of Cultural Policies on Popular Music (SOOJIN KIM)
  • 16. The Voice of Popular Korea: Styles, Genres and Contexts (HAEKYUNG UM)


  • 17. Asia and Beyond: Circulation and Reception of Korean Popular Music Outside of Korea (SANGYEON SUNG & SUNHEE KOO)


  • I Am so Global: A Conversation with Psy

About the Series

Routledge Global Popular Music Series

The Routledge Global Popular Music Series provides popular music scholars, teachers, students, and musicologists with a well-informed and up-to-date introduction to different world popular music scenes. The series of volumes can be used for academic teaching in popular music studies, or as a collection of reference works. Written by those living and working in the countries about which they write, this series is devoted to popular music largely unknown to Anglo-American readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General