Shin Joong Hyun in The Guardian (Posted By Harry)

Shin Joong Hyun 1958 - 1974 Beautiful Rivers And Mountains - The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun (Light In The Attic)

Shin Joong Hyun	 'Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock   Sound Of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974 ' (Light In The Attic)
“It was the most beautiful time of my life”

Shin Joong Hyun 1958 – 1974 Beautiful Rivers And Mountains – The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun  (Light In The Attic)

It was in 1957, at the spring variety show at the Eighth US Army base in Seoul, that Shin Joong Hyun gave his first public performance. The 19-year-old had lived through Japanese rule, the subsequent division of Korea into two warring states, and the US “police action” that followed. The Harmony guitar he strummed had been paid for by many hours’ toil at a relative’s pharmaceutical factory. At the variety show, as girl dancers gyrated for the entertainment of American GIs, Shin played standards and showtunes: tame material for a boy who worshiped Elvis and Charlie Parker.
He’d developed his passion for western music via American Forces Korea Network. “I ended up building my own radio to listen to American music,” he says. “It had poor reception and terrible static, but I was just happy that I was able to listen to music. I thought jazz was simply amazing. But, honestly, I enjoyed any music that was played on AFKN.
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Written By Stevie Chick

Shin Joong Hyun
Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74 (Light In The Attic)

Track Listing

1. Moon Watching – Shin Joong Hyun
2. Please Don’t Bother Me Anymore – Golden Grape
3. The Man Who Must Leave – Kim Sun
4. The Sun – Kim Jung M
5. I Don’t Like – Lee Jung Hw
6. Please Wait – Jang Hyun
7. Spring Rain – Park In Soo
8. Tomorrow – Lee Joong Hwa
9. ‘J’ Blues 72 – Shin Joong Hyun
10. Pushing Through the Fog – Jang Hyun
11. I’ve Got Nothing To Say – Shin Joong Hyun
12. Why That Person? – Bunny Girls
13. Sunset – Jang Hyun
14. Beautiful River and Mountains – Shin Joong Hyun & The Men

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