Bad Reputation

Episode 141: Music in Society – I Guess The Kids Aren’t Alright

This week we delve into the age old question, does music actually have any influence on the people that commit crimes? (Spoiler: no) We tell the tale of the TWO stories that Pearl Jam’s infamous single ‘Jeremy’ is based on and it’s cultural impact. From there we go into a few well known instances where rock music was blamed for influencing the youth to cause chaos and harm to the world around them. From Columbine to the current cancel culture, many musicians have felt the ire and grief of parents and outspoken members of the public looking to point the finger at someone for their tragic experiences. We discuss the situations and how the artists react to such heavy accusations and how this affects musical expression.

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