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The Teenage Rebel Podcast Show

Pre-university students at the course Popular Music: Selling Rebellion have released a podcast series on Spotify!

The Teenage Rebel Podcast Show is a 'jukebox confessional' where young music lovers talk about their favourite songs and what they mean to them. The show is written and hosted by pre-university students at the course Popular Music: Selling Rebellion, a collaboration between the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) and the Honours Academy at Leiden University. Season 1, previously showcased at the Preclass Festival 2021, is now available on Spotify. A new episode of season 2 will be posted weekly starting July 1st. Original concept, production and supervision by Dr. Carlos Roos, lecturer in Popular and Global Music at ACPA. 

Each week a new episode will be released on The Teenage Rebel Podcast Show | Podcast on Spotify

Pre-class Popular Music

Whether you are grocery shopping, watching a commercial or listening to the radio: pop music is all around us. But popular genres of today often have a history of resisting the mainstream. How did singer-songwriters and sharp-tongued rappers claim their place on the stage? And what role did politics and economics play in this development?

Selling rebellion

The word ‘popular’ usually means: that which is liked by the majority. But sometimes it also refers to that which opposes ‘adult’ cultures. The development of subcultures and musical scenes in resistance to the mainstream goes with a powerful element of defiance and rebellion that is worth discussing at length.

This course offers the opportunity to explore the popular music world in a unique way. You will explore issues of identity, meaning, inequality and political economy to better understand the various facets of popular music as a field. You will gain new insights into these matters by listening to popular songs with a critical ear and tuning into current trends, in light of key cultural theories. Read more.

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