Kim Kwang seok

김광석

Kim Kwang-seok( Hangul : 김광석[kim.kwɐŋsʌk]; January 22, 1964 – January 6, 1996) was a popular and influential South Korean folk rock singer. He debuted in 1987 as a member of Noraereul Channeun Saramdeul, an activist folk band. He achieved widespread popularity as a member of the folk band Dongmulwon, which debuted in 1988. The following year, in 1989, he released his first solo album.His songs were popular for their sentimental lyrics that critics said "portrayed individuals' sorrow and frustration at a time when the society was struggling in its early stage of democracy following rapid industrialization."He sold over 5 million records, an impressive number for a South Korean musical artist.Kim died of an apparent suicide during the height of his fame in 1996.

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  • by withdonut  -  July 29, 2017 03:46 AM

    new teaser and stills for the upcoming Korean documentary "Suicide Made"

    Added new teaser and stills for the upcoming Korean documentary"Suicide Made""Suicide Made"(2017)Directed byLee Sang-hoWithKim Kwang-seok,Lee Sang-ho,...SynopsisKim Kwang-seokis a known upcoming Korean singer. Was his death suicide or murder? This report is about the speculations…

  • by laplace  -  June 25, 2016 01:50 PM

    Holographic Concerts Featuring Kim Kwang-seok to Be Staged in Daegu

    A holographic image ofKim Kwang-seokA series of holographic concerts featuring the late singerKim Kwang-seokwill be held in the southeastern city of Daegu, Kim's hometown, starting Friday.Visitors to Daegu will now be able to watch holographic images of the singer at a small theater on the street na…

  • by ifrit  -  June 19, 2016 06:49 AM

    Holographic Concerts Featuring Kim Kwang-seok to Be Staged in Daegu

    A holographic image ofKim Kwang-seokA series of holographic concerts featuring the late singerKim Kwang-seokwill be held in the southeastern city of Daegu, Kim's hometown, starting Friday.Visitors to Daegu will now be able to watch holographic images of the singer at a small theater on the street na…

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 Kim Kwang seok's Early life

He had two older brothers and two older sisters. His family moved to Seoul in 1968, after Kim's father lost his job as a teacher due to his involvement in an illegal teachers' union. In elementary school, Kim studied the violin, oboe, and flute, and in high school he joined the choir. In 1982, he enrolled in Myongji University to study business, during which time he got a part-time job singing at a cafe. In 1984, Kim joined the Seoul National University singing association and took part in Kim Min-ki 's musical playGaettongi(개똥이). He joined the army in 1985, and was discharged following the death of his eldest brother. Kim then returned to school and joined the student activist folk band Noraereul Channeun Saramdeul (노래를 찾는 사람들) in 1987.

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 Kim Kwang seok's Solo career

Encouraged by the unexpected success of Dongmulwon, Kim Kwang-seok released his first solo album in October 1989. This was followed by another two consecutive albums in 1991 and 1992, in which he made a number of hit songs including ‘Love Has Gone’ (사랑했지만) and ‘Song of My Life’ (나의 노래). Unlike many other entertainers, he earned his fame by singing at concerts along with release of records rather than appearing in TV music show. “I’m still unused to the popularity that I gained, but I rather enjoy it.” He spoke to reporter after getting off to a flying start, “Nevertheless, I’m also afraid that my confidence in the power of songs to affect people’s life is growing weaker, as I prosper.” Later, he tried to get closer to audiences by holding more concerts than before. In July 1993, he celebrated the 10th anniversary of his own debut by holding a month-long concert. Also, he released a remake album of Korean folk rock, initiating fads of remake among Korean singers.

With his 4th studio album released in 1994, his musical talent was consummated. This album was monumental not only in his career but also in the history of Korean popular music. He kept singing at concerts, marking a thousand concert in August 1995. In the same year he made a concert tour around the country, which extended abroad to hold concerts at University of Pennsylvania and Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan. He preferred small concert halls to be in closer contact with audiences, setting a trend of concert in small theatres around Daehangno in Seoul, a Korean equivalent of Broadway.

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 Kim Kwang seok's Death

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 Kim Kwang seok's Legacy

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 Kim Kwang seok's Discography

Studio albums

TitleAlbum details
Kim Kwang-seok
  • Released: 1989
Kim Kwang-seok 2nd
  • Released: March 30, 1991
  • Label: Won Recording
My Song
나의 노래
Kim Kwang-seok 4th
  • Released: June 25, 1994
  • Label: CJ E&M Music

Compilations

TitleAlbum details
Kim Kwang-seok Recalling I
김광석 다시 부르기 Ⅰ
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
Kim Kwang-seok Recalling II
김광석 다시 부르기 ⅠI
  • Released: March 1, 1995
  • Label: CJ E&M Music

Posthumous releases

TitleAlbum details
Kim Kwang-seok Life Story

김광석 인생이야기

  • Released: August 13, 1996
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Live album
Kim Kwang-seok Singing Story

김광석 노래이야기

  • Released: August 13, 1996
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Live album
Anthology 1
  • Released: November 7, 2000
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Compilation album
Classic
  • Released: April 21, 2001
  • Label: Seoul Records Inc.
  • Type: Compilation album with unfinished songs
Collection: My Way (1964-1996)
  • Released: November 12, 2002
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Compilation album
Kim Kwang-seok Best
  • Released: November 12, 2005
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Compilation album
Kim Kwang-seok 3, 4 Remastered
  • Released: August 26, 2006
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Remastered album
Kim Kwang-seok Recalling I, II Remastered
  • Released: August 26, 2006
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Remastered album
Singing Story + Life Story
  • Released: January 20, 2007
  • Label: CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Compilation album
My Song Box Set
  • Released: July 9, 2012
  • Label: With33 Entertainment, CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Compilation of 9CDs
Unforgettable
  • Released: August 9, 2012
  • Label: 아름다운 동행
  • Type: Live album
Kim Kwang-seok 4 Remastered
  • Released: November 11, 2014
  • Label: With33 Entertainment, CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Remastered album
Kim Kwang-seok Again
  • Released: November 7, 2016
  • Label: With33 Entertainment, CJ E&M Music
  • Type: Compilation album

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 Kim Kwang seok's In popular culture

The German Hip Hop groupDie Orsonsmade a song calledKim Kwang-seok. The song deals with Kim's music and suicide.

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 Kim Kwang seok's References

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  2. Yoon, Min-sik (2017-08-25). "Documentary sheds light on beloved singer's mysterious death". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  3. "Reporter seeks probe into death of late folk rock singer's daughter". The Korea Herald. Yonhap News Agency. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  4. Tudor, Daniel (2012). Korea: The Impossible Country. Tuttle Publishing. p. 244. ISBN 146291022X. 
  5. Kim, Se-jeong (2017-09-22). "Case reopens for folk singer's death". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  6. "Kim Kwang-seok Mural Road & Bangcheon Market". Daegu Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  7. Choi, Gyu-sung (2004-07-02). "[추억의 LP 여행] 김광석(上)". Weekly Hankook (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  8. "동물원". Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  9. Kim, Soo-hyun (2017-08-17). "동물원 30th Anniversary Concert". Sisa Today (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  10. Yim, Seung-Hye (2017-11-07). "Protective fans put musical in spotlight : Controversy over ownership of singer's music creates confusion". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  11. Kim, So-min (29 December 2005). "Unending song of Kim Kwang-seok". The Hankyoreh (Korean). Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  12. "Police Reopens Investigation of Legendary Singer's Widow". 
  13. "Police probes mysterious death of folk singer's daughter". 
  14. Paek, Seung-chang (30 January 2007). "Late Kim Kwang-seok's album sold over 5 million copies". The Kyunghyang Shinmun (Korean). Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  15. Lee, Joo-yup (2008). The 100 masterpiece albums of Korean Popular Music. Seoul: Sun. p. 462. ISBN 89-86509-26-1. 
  16. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/09/251_236889.html
  17. http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pad/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=236889

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