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Maria Sherman

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The Importance of Boy Bands to Pop Culture & Their Dark History with Maria Sherman

Name 3 Songs

We’re talking about our favorite subject – boy bands! Throughout history, boy bands have been a massively lucrative enterprise for the music industry, thanks to their main demographic of teen girls. Heartthrob boy bands + adoring fangirls = big money! And this is where things get shady. Behind every successful boy band is a man with industry know-how (and sometimes even nefarious intentions.) We’re joined by Maria Sherman, author of Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands, to explore the dark history of boy bands and the men who pull the strings – from Maurice Starr’s shady contracts with New Kids on the Block and New Edition to Lou Perarlamn using Backstreet Boys and Nsync as the front of a Ponzi scheme. We also discuss their impact on pop culture which led to the rise of  One Direction (thanks to Simon Cowell) and BTS (a la Big Hit Entertainment.) All of this to say, are boy bands inherently sexist? And at the end of the day, do we even care? Find Maria Sherman on Twitter and Instagram for fun boy band knowledge more! This is a music commentary podcast based on pre-existing knowledge and facts cited at name3songs.com. If you’d like to discuss anything we talked about today in greater detail with us, you can find us on Twitter @Name3Songs or @sara_feigin & @jenna_million. *********** Sources ************* Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands, By Maria Sherman (2020) The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019)  Is Harry Styles the Wettest Boy in Pop? (MTV News, Sasha Geffen, 2017) Why Are Boy Bands Bigger Stars Than Girl Groups? (How Stuff Works by Dave Roos, 2019) Serious Question: Where Are All the Girl Groups? (Fader, by Sasha Geffen, 2018) Beefing Up the Beefcake: Male Objectification, Boy Bands, and the Socialized Female Gaze (Research Paper by Dorie Bailey, 2016) The History and Meaning of Boy Bands (NPR segment with Melissa Block, 2014) The Reason Why We Grown-Ass Women Still Crush on Boy-Banders (Women’s Health by Kaleshia Fetters, 2015)

1hr 3mins

21 Mar 2021

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Maria Sherman on boy bands, K-pop, BTS, Blackpink, One Direction, Iceage


This episode features Maria Sherman, the author of Larger Than Life: A History Of Boy Bands From NKOTB To BTS. We talk about boy bands and K-pop in the broad sense, and go in a bit deeper on the Backstreet Boys/NSYNC rivalry, BTS, One Direction, and Blackpink, who Maria profiled for Elle last year. We also chat about country music and Iceage, as she just recently wrote about the 10th anniversary of their debut album for Jezebel.


13 Jan 2021

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039 - "Makeshift Love" x Maria Sherman ('Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS')

Generation GC - a Good Charlotte podcast

For episode 39, I'm joined by Maria Sherman (music journalist and author of 'Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS') to talk "Makeshift Love" from Good Charlotte's sixth album 'Youth Authority' (2016). We discuss what made this the perfect comeback song, GC's relationship with the press, and how GC fits into the boyband narrative. Photo credit for episode art: Jatnna Nuñez Like what you hear? Subscribe to the show on iTunes, leave a review, and share it with a friend! To learn more about anti-semitism and sign petitions, visit https://antisemitism.carrd.co/. To learn about Black Lives Matter and how you can help - from protests to donations to petitions - visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ and https://allcards.carrd.co/. Purchase 'Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS': https://www.blackdogandleventhal.com/titles/maria-sherman/larger-than-life/9780762468904/ Selected articles Maria has written about Good Charlotte: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/good-charlottes-second-act-inside-madden-brothers-pop-punk-reawakening-65255/ https://www.billboard.com/articles/review/6770201/good-charlotte-live-review-troubador-los-angeles-reunion-comeback-video https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7439098/good-charlotte-day-in-the-life-the-tonight-show-5-seconds-of-summer-party Follow Maria Sherman: https://twitter.com/mariasherm https://www.instagram.com/mariasherm/ Follow Generation GC: https://facebook.com/generationGCpod https://twitter.com/generationGCpod https://instagram.com/generationGCpod Follow Molly Hudelson: https://twitter.com/mhudelson https://instagram.com/mhudelson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/generationgcpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/generationgcpod/support

1hr 14mins

2 Dec 2020

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Author and pop historian Maria Sherman on boy bands

The Current Music News

Jay Gabler interviews Maria Sherman, author of 'Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS.' Subjects of discussion include boy bands vs. girl groups; K-pop; Brockhampton and the future of the boy band; underrated boy bands (remember Magneto?); and the ultimate boy band song of all time.


13 Aug 2020

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Make My Day Episode 15: Those Are My Boys with Maria Sherman

Make My Day with Josh Gondelman

Maria Sherman (author of Larger Than Life: The History of Boy Bands From NKOTB to BTS) competes to cheer Josh up! Maria creates the next big boy band during a game of Best Band Ever, setting an all time Make My Day high score! She then donates her $100 grand prize to Rogelio Hernandez's efforts to feed uhoused people in Los Angeles. Plus, pep talks for dogs who are afraid of fireworks and teachers (whether or not they are afraid of fireworks)!BUY MARIA'S BOOK: https://www.blackdogandleventhal.com/titles/maria-sherman/larger-than-life/9780762468904/Check out LA Community Fridges: www.instagram.com/lacommunityfridgeMake a contribution to Rogelio Hernandez on Venmo: @rogiebroFollow Maria on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mariashermFind a classroom to help fund via DonorsChoose: www.donorschoose.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


28 Jul 2020

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091: Maria Sherman


Maria Sherman joins the podcast to discuss freelance writing, working with NPR, knuckle tattoos, and more. Also, Maria meant to say the Spice Girls song "Wannabe" was recognizable in 2.3 seconds in the study done by the University of Amsterdam.


4 Oct 2017