Music History

Published on December 5th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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What Was It Like to be a Teenager in Ancient Rome?

The modern concept of a “teenager” didn’t really exist until the 1950s. Until then, you were either a child or an adult; there was nothing in between. A big part of this new construction was the rise of rock’n’roll, a form of music that gave expression to people in this stage of their life.

Compare today’s teenager with what it was like to be, say, 16 in ancient Rome.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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