On the potential in the Korean Wave
September 15, 2013
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I thought a bit about the recent interview in Arirang’s “Catch The Wave” with Adrien Lee.
Regarding K-Pop, I think we can say that Psy is like Elvis Presley: opening the door to new possibilities in music and a new direction in popular culture. The question is what the next step will be. If we look back on Elvis Presley, then the question is who will be the Beatles in Korea? Who will be Peter Paul & Mary? Who will be Simon and Garfunkel? The key, I think, is moving music back towards a concern with contemporary social issues so that is speaks to youth at multiple levels.