[KS] Monday, April 6th at UC Berkeley: Documentary Film Screening: "Us & Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-Pop World”

Berkeley Center for Korean Studies cks at berkeley.edu
Sun Mar 29 15:16:08 EDT 2015

*The Center for Korean Studies*

*University of California, Berkeley*

*Cordially invites you to*

*[image: Inline image 1]*

*Documentary Screening of "Us & Them: Korean Indie Rock Music in a K-Pop

and a discussion with *Timothy Tangherlini <http://tango.bol.ucla.edu/>* (UCLA)
and *Stephen Epstein
<http://www.victoria.ac.nz/slc/about/staff/stephen-epstein> *(University of
Wellington, Victoria)

Monday, April 6th | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

The spread of South Korean popular music, or K-pop, has been a striking
global phenomenon. In 2012 PSY’s viral sensation “Gangnam Style” became the
most viewed video on YouTube ever, generating over a billion hits and
scores of imitations. But Korean music is not only idol groups and viral
videos. There is also a vibrant indie and punk scene that has been active
for the past two decades.

A lot of the energy driving the scene has come in opposition to mainstream
Korean music. Yet, just as K-pop is becoming more well-known
internationally, bands from the Korean underground are now touring overseas
and have become more professional in their own pursuit of global

The documentary follows several of Korea's most well-known indie bands as
they embark on their first US tours in 2011. The spotlight lands in
particular on Crying Nut, the endearing godfathers of Korean underground
rock; the stylish RockTigers, Korea's most successful rockabilly band; and
Whatever That Means..., a melodic punk band led by a married couple--bass
player Trash and her American guitarist husband. The documentary's
compelling portrait of the Korean indie scene offers sharp insights into a
society that is in the midst of frequently dizzying change. The film is
narrated by noted Korean-American musician Mike Park of Skankin’ Pickle and
the B. Lee Band and the founder of DIY label Asian Man Records.

Event Contact: cks at berkeley.edu, 510-642-5674
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