Monday, May 28, 2012

Pop Goes The Culture

Pop culture Bubble

It’s been a sad couple of weeks in my pop culture bubble.  We’ve seen some very talented artists pass away.  From Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, to Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are and let’s not forget Donna Summer! She worked hard for her money and even harder for her art. 
Beastie BoysI look back with fond memories, watching the Beastie Boys’ rise to fame in the 80’s, then spending late nights dancing to Intergalactic in the 90’s.  Reading Where the Wild Things Are as a wee lass and wanting to take adventures like Max (but happy my parents never sent me to bed without supper). 
All this got me thinking, fifteen years from now, looking back, who would our YA readers remember as their pop culture influences? I asked and was delighted by their answers. I’ve included a few below and since this is a YA blog, I also asked which were their favorite YA novels.  Surprise, surprise, Harry Potter still reigns supreme!
So what are your fondest pop culture memories?  Who did you rock out to in your bedroom or listen to when that boy in eighth grade didn’t feel the same way (Somebody by Depeche Mode on repeat anyone? Anyone? Don't leave me hanging..).   
Feel free to post your pop comment in the box below!
K-Pop Band ShineeTalia L.T., 16, (Brooklyn, NY)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers.  I have always loved their music and my dad used to play it a lot when I was younger.
Serena L., 15 (La Costa, CA)
I’m into Korean & K-Pop.  So my icon is the band Shinee because they’ve trained for many years, love what they do, and care about themselves.  They’re not just doing it for the fame, but because they have a passion for it.
Jamie S., 16 (La Costa, CA)
Dakota Fanning – she just seems very intelligent, different, can cool.
Dakota FanningBri T., 14 (Toronto, Canada)
Ed Sheeran because his music is actually real and means something. 

Juliette U. & Charlie T. (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Lady Gaga because she pushes the boundaries of society.  She's the Madonna of our generation. 

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