K-pop journalist Park Hee-Ah examines South Korea's 54 leading idols, their past, and their present.
- Book Intro
Captivating to international audiences, the K-pop idols' stage is glamorous from a distance. Up close, however, an idol sweats as he or she refines the smallest dance moves unseen. Idols Backstage is a collection of K-pop journalist Park Hee-Ah's observations and records of K-pop idols. The author provides an overview of the past and the present of 54 individuals who strive to become artists on- and off-stage. The author captures a youth who strives backstage to pave his or her way. Idols Backstage offers an opportunity to K-pop lovers to re-confirm their fandom to their stars as well as to sympathize with people with the celebrity title.
- About the Author
(English) Park Hee-ah is a South Korean journalist and an author specializing on K-pop. She published interview collections capturing the voices of various K-pop makers, including producers and idol members, in her books Idol Maker, Idol's Studio, and Our Shows Will Continue. Park also co-authored a photo essay with Bang Yong-gook, the leader of South Korean boy band B.A.P. and one of her former interviewees. Presently, Park is an undeniable pop culture journalist. She continues to devote herself to recording South Korea's popular culture, starting with Artist as a Profession, a collection of interviews with 52 artists across all disciplines to include musicians, actors, and novelists.
(Japanese) Webマガジン『IZE』取材チームリーダー。 韓国のアイドル、K-POP産業に関する3冊の本、『アイドルメーカー』、『アイドルの作業室』、『私たちのステージは続く』というインタビュー集を作り、グループB.A.Pのパン・ヨンギュと『私の顔に触れてもいい君へ：パン・ヨングッフォトエッセイ』を手がけた。
Kim Su-Jung (Journalist, CBS No Cut News) 2022 : Journalist Park Hee-Ah attentively examines issues, meticulously selects her language, and clearly communicates the meaning of her observations and insights. The individuals in the book are unique and diverse. However, it is Park's talent and the outcome of her painstaking endeavors to discover their humanity. Cheers to Park's work of diligently pursuing writing that she can't help but love with her tender passion.
Kim Yoon-Ju (Journalist, Channel Yes) 2022 : After reading this book featuring every one of the 54 individual idols, I realized that Journalist Park Hee-Ah strives to examine the true person built through time-tested efforts, rather than make an easy review. This book is about today's K-pop and the people that live with passion.
- Bestseller Rank
Ranked 24th in overall eBooks, and first in popular culture and arts in May 2022 according to South Korean online bookstore Yes24.