Tripping Korea

An assist to ace gent Drew Christie for tipping us a while back to the lovely Kim Jung Mi, who in the 1970s was a purveyor of some wonderful psych folk from that hotbed of psychedelic music, South Korea. Kim, according to LITA’s resident expert on post-war Korean culture (that would be my mom), was a well-known figure in Korea during that era, and her catalog of funky, trippy folk resonates even if your fluency in Korean is limited to the subtitled conversations between Sun and Jin on Lost.

That Kim had the output she did was remarkable, as South Korea was under the authoritarian rule of Park Chung-hee, and censorship was a constant threat for artists (as well as the media and anyone else that dare challenge Park’s authority) during that period.