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New Edition performs in 1989. The Boston-based group was patterned on The Jackson 5 by producer Maurice Starr and went on to become the model for boy bands like New Kids on the Block.

Men In America

The History And Meaning Of Boy Bands

As long as there are teenage girls going through huge emotional changes, there will be groups of four to six young men singing pop songs to them (and sometimes dancing).

Losing is never easy.

This Week's Must Read

After Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.

Eller Coltrane — pictured here with screen family Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater — grows from boy to man on-screen in Richard Linklater's new Boyhood.

Movie Reviews

Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off

Richard Linklater's new film took 12 years to make and tracks the actual youth and adolescence of its lead actor. Critic Bob Mondello says Boyhood is a rich and resonant portrait of real life.

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