Every generation seems to have its own version of an iconic boy band but the 90s was the first-time boy bands essentially took over pop music.
On this episode of History of the 90s were looking back at the magical era of 90s boy bands as we dive deep into two of the biggest boy bands of all time.
Both the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC had to pay their dues in Europe before breaking through in the United States. But when they finally broke through, there was no stopping their rise to the top, and along the way they changed the way we view male performers and masculinity.
We’ll also take a look at Lou Pearlman, the man who created both groups and eventually conned them out of millions of dollars.
Documentaries referenced in this episode:
Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of (2015), available on YOUTUBE
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019), available on YOUTUBE
Maria Sherman, author of Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS
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