K-Pop (Paperback)

Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation in South Korea

By John Lie

University of California Press, 9780520283121, 248pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2014

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Description

K-Pop: Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovation in South Korea seeks at once to describe and explain the emergence of export-oriented South Korean popular music and to make sense of larger South Korean economic and cultural transformations. John Lie provides not only a history of South Korean popular music—the premodern background, Japanese colonial influence, post-Liberation American impact, and recent globalization—but also a description of K-pop as a system of economic innovation and cultural production. In doing so, he delves into the broader background of South Korea in this wonderfully informed history and analysis of a pop culture phenomenon sweeping the globe.


About the Author

John Lie teaches social theory at the University of California, Berkeley.