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KoreAm magazine directs me to Shin Joon Hyung, now 73, the “Godfather of Korean Rock.” It’s a fascinating story, and now there’s a compilation available stateside called Beautiful Mountains and Rivers. “The anthology’s 14 tracks and 32-page liner notes detail his genre-spanning career, from his early attempts to channel Elvis Presley under the moniker Jackie Shin, the stage name he used while playing for U.S. troops in Korea; to his formation of South Korea’s first rock band ADD4 after hearing the Beatles…” ! There are Add4 tracks on YouTube (of course)—check out this one, particularly the “yeah yeah yeah”s at :39, right out of “She Loves You.”

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