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Kim Kwang-seok
Born (1964-01-22)January 22, 1964
Daegu, South Korea
Died January 6, 1996(1996-01-06) (aged 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1983–1996
Associated acts
  • Dongmulwon (동물원)
  • Noraereul Channeun Saramdeul (노래를 찾는 사람들)
Korean name
Hangul 김광석
Hanja 金光石
Revised Romanization Gim Gwangseok
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kwangsŏk

Kim Kwang-seok (Hangul: 김광석 January 22, 1964 – January 6, 1996) was a popular and influential South Korean folk rock singer. He debuted in 1987 as a member of Noraereul Channeun Saramdeul, an activist folk band. He achieved widespread popularity as a member of the folk band Dongmulwon, which debuted in 1988. The following year, in 1989, he released his first solo album.

His songs were popular for their sentimental lyrics that critics said "portrayed individuals" sorrow and frustration at a time when the society was struggling in its early stage of democracy following rapid industrialization." He sold over 5 million records, an impressive number for a South Korean musical artist.

He he took his own life in 1996.

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