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Pop Goes Korea: Behind the Revolution in Movies, Music, and Internet Culture Paperback – January 1, 2009
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I applaud the author for pioneering an English language legitimate published text - a fresh break from the bloggers who dominate this field of interest. The information is as up-to-date as a book can be (pub 2008) but a slight out-of-date-ness is to be expected for a text about the ever-changing pop culture. However, since the majority of the book covers the upstarts of each industry, the lack of 2009 material is easily forgiven (and unavoidable).
The author's writing style is both a pro and a con. The writer seems to be comfortable in his knowledge of the subject but sometimes has too much of a conversational tone - almost to a fault of sounding uneducated. However, I really don't want that to sound too harsh because I believe one of his strengths is his ability to both inform and also entertain. He's got a great sense of Western humor that appears amongst this Eastern pop culture history.
I was also disappointed by the lack of photos throughout the book. The beginning has plenty of color pictures to prepare for the in-depth look that's coming ahead but the book itself is lacking accompanying photos. It would have made the biographies of Lee Byung-Hun and Lee Soon-Man more easy to follow.
My biggest complaint is the lack of Korean text. How hard would it have been to include Hanguel in the chapters? All movies, songs, TV dramas, and actors have either transliterated or romanized names which is frustrating when searching for the original source material.Read more ›
At times its repetitive, and could have done with stronger editing - its as though the author didn't expect anyone to read ALL the chapters so he keeps making the same points particularly about Korean history, filial piety etc /But a great introduction to Korean Pop culture. And whatever you think of The Korean Wave, it is remarkable that in 15 years Korea has changed from mainly consuming Western film and music to mainly consuming its own and exporting it. And it didn't do it through protection. A lesson their for us all
At the time I was wondering whether K-Pop had reached its peak, but as evidenced by its explosion this summer in the Western world, you can see this phenomenon is still growing strong.
There's no other book (in the English language at least) that explains what's going on, where these artists came from, and how Korea consistently produces such high quality media. A must-read for anyone in the music or film business, whether you're interested in Korean culture or not. Their impact is now global.
Kudos to the publisher for putting this out in electronic format. The book is even more relevant in 2012.
It's written in a really approachable way so you don't neccessarily have to be a korean pop culture fan to enjoy it although a background in it definitley helps you appreciate it.
I particularly liked the part about the korean movie industry, it's hard to believe CJ Entertainment (the powerhouse that dominates the korean movie industry) was originally a sugar refinery!
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