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Beyond the Story

By BTS and Myeongseok Kang and Anton Hur and Slin Jung and Clare Richards
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Publisher Description

Published in celebration of BTS’s 10th Anniversary, stories that go beyond what you already know about BTS, including unreleased photos and all album information.

After taking their first step into the world on June 13, 2013, BTS will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut in June 2023. They have risen to the peak as an iconic global artist and during this meaningful time, they look back on their footsteps in the first official book. In doing so, BTS nurtures the power to build brighter days and they choose to take another step on a road that no one has gone before.

BTS shares personal, behind-the-scenes stories of their journey so far through interviews and more than three years of in-depth coverage by Myeongseok Kang, who has written about K-pop and other Korean pop culture in various media. Presented chronologically in seven chapters from before the debut of BTS to the present, their vivid voices and opinions harmonize to tell a sincere, lively, and deep story. In individual interviews that have been conducted without a camera or makeup, they illuminate their musical journey from multiple angles and discuss its significance.

In addition, portrait photos that show BTS as individuals and artists open the book, and throughout there are concept photos, tracklists of all previous albums, and over 330 links to videos. As digital artists, BTS has been communicating with the world through the internet and this book allows readers to immediately access trailers, music videos, and more online to have a rich understanding of all the key moments in BTS history. Complete with a timeline of all major milestones, BEYOND THE STORY is a remarkable archive—truly everything about BTS in one volume.

23 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book is the most amazing work of art I have read in a long time. As Army it is a must read! I have so much more depth of perspective on each of bts's songs. there is so much behind every lyric, more than I knew. even the English songs that I mistakenly wrote off as a product of burnout has so much more depth of feeling now! This book gives a look into not only the music industry and behind the scenes of becoming an idol but also a peek into the BTS members personalities and motivations.”
Reviewed in:BTS Book Club
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictive
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book was a beautifully written record of the first 10 years of BTS’ journey. I’ve been an army for 3 years and there were so many things I learned. It made me feel closer to the BTS members and the songs that I’ve loved for years. Their passion from the very beginning even before their debut was so fierce. I’m really grateful for this book and I’m beyond proud of everything they’ve achieved.”
Reviewed in:BTS Book Club
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Reviewed in:BTS Book Club
Characters change and growBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readOriginal writingAddictiveRealistic setting
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I loved loved this book. I enjoyed the members comments and reflections. The addition of the QR codes to supplement the written word was a brilliant move. The book added another layer to Bangtan lore. I could not be any more proud to be ARMY and want everything wonderful these "seven normal boys from Korea."”
Reviewed in:BTS Book Club

About BTS

BTS, an acronym of “Bangtan Sonyeondan” or “Beyond the Scene,” is a boy band from South Korea that debuted on June 13, 2013. The members of BTS are RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook. They have been embraced the world over, transcending nations, races, languages, gender, and generations for their music, their passionate performances, and their close connections to their fans. They are always seeking new ways to repay the love they receive through their music.

Myeongseok Kang is a longtime critic and former editor in chief for many media outlets whose writing focuses on Korean pop culture, including K-pop. Currently, he is working on Weverse Magazine.

Myeongseok Kang

Slin Jung

Clare Richards

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