BUSAN, South Korea — Many of us have a vivid picture of the 1960's and early '70s which involves rainbows, Woodstock, topless hippies and of course – mountains of drugs. All of which were fueled by the psychedelic sounds of Hendrix, the Doors, Led Zeppelin and the like – all of whom have become household names that most of us know and love. This was a counterculture movement that defined a period of history and has, through its pervasive and enduring imprint on the public conscious, become almost cliche.
Now try to imagine the same sounds and aesthetic filtered through South Korean sensibilities. As the peninsula was beginning to find its place on the world economic stage, so were the musicians who resided here in that era, taking cues from the aforementioned rockers and experimenting with the same sounds that resonated throughout North America and the UK and defined a generation.
While some of these Korean rock relics were unearthed recently by the Seoul-based DJ Soulscape, many of them remain a mystery, even to the locals. The New York Times recently ran an article on the roots of South Korean Rock’n’Roll, noting that many of the original recordings were destroyed by the government in a 1975 crackdown on rock music, marijuana and the nascent counterculture movement.
Fast-forward to 2011. SuperColorSuper, one of Korea’s most prolific promotion companies, has stumbled upon a treasure trove of rare Korean rock, soul, disco and psychedelic vinyl records that have – for the most part – been collecting dust for the better part of 40 years.
Inspired by the the blog "Awesome Tapes From Africa," SuperColorSuper founder, Sean Maylone, began digging through the crates, converting these tunes to mp3s, scanning their original record sleeves and hosting them as free downloads on a new blog called G'old Korea Vinyl.
To celebrate the launch of G'old Korea Vinyl, SuperColorSuper has teamed up with the Better Magic Music Co. to throw its first launch party here in Busan. Resident DJs Brucie Russell, BB Gibbs and Woodreaux will run through a choice selection of golden Korean grooves, mixed alongside classic favorites from the same era.
Rounding out the lineup will be DJ Doogie, who has been spinning in Busan for over 10 years, and has promised a special set of local 80s and 90s tunes. The event promises to be an unpretentious night of classic music, and a celebration of the local color and history of music in Korea.
It goes down at Fabric in the Kyungsung University area this Saturday, November 26th. Admission is 8,000 won. DJs begin at 11:00pm. Free drink with advance reservation.
You can find out more about the event on the Haps event page or visit these sites:
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