Dear Young Rocker-logo

Dear Young Rocker

Music Podcasts

Dear Young Rocker is a scripted non-fiction storytelling and audio memoir podcast featuring stories from women and trans musicians. In seasons 1 and 2, host/creator Chelsea Ursin tells her own story of finding an outlet for anxiety and her place in the world via falling in love with listening to and playing rock music. Along the way she writes letters of advice to her younger self on topics from mental health to relationships. In season 3, guest musicians are invited to tell their stories and write to their own younger selves.

Dear Young Rocker is a scripted non-fiction storytelling and audio memoir podcast featuring stories from women and trans musicians. In seasons 1 and 2, host/creator Chelsea Ursin tells her own story of finding an outlet for anxiety and her place in the world via falling in love with listening to and playing rock music. Along the way she writes letters of advice to her younger self on topics from mental health to relationships. In season 3, guest musicians are invited to tell their stories and write to their own younger selves.

Location:

United States

Description:

Dear Young Rocker is a scripted non-fiction storytelling and audio memoir podcast featuring stories from women and trans musicians. In seasons 1 and 2, host/creator Chelsea Ursin tells her own story of finding an outlet for anxiety and her place in the world via falling in love with listening to and playing rock music. Along the way she writes letters of advice to her younger self on topics from mental health to relationships. In season 3, guest musicians are invited to tell their stories and write to their own younger selves.

Language:

English


Episodes

E35: WANDERING GHOST FEAT CLAIRE GOHST

6/16/2021
Claire Gohst releases her music under the name Paper Citizen. She grew up in a restrictive and abusive conservative Christian household in Singapore. When her parents discovered Claire had a girlfriend she was kicked out of her house. Listen to her incredible journey of musical discovery and growth. Please take a peek at her new EP Wandering Ghost which was inspired by her journey to America. For more of DYR check out dearyoungrocker.com. Follow @dearyoungrocker on instagram and go to...

Duration:00:42:10

E34: SKANKING FEAT ANJIMILE

6/9/2021
While Anjimile Chithambo was growing up in Richardson Texas, he found himself drawn more and more to music. After trying different genres on for size, ska is what really stole his heart - along with a crush. At first at seemed like no one else around liked ska but fate intervened and Anjimile found out that the crush's brother was not only a fellow ska nerd but actually had his own ska band and an upcoming show. Anjimile knew that show would be important and started practicing skanking right...

Duration:00:39:45

About A Girl Season 2 Preview With Nikki Lynette

6/4/2021
About A Girl returns on June 7th with twelve new episodes about women who have played crucial roles in music history, but whose fascinating personal stories have been eclipsed by the legends of their famous romantic partners. Chelsea sits down with Nikki Lynette, the host of About a Girl, to discuss the new season and to preview an upcoming episode about Marianne Faithfull. For more info on About a Girl, Dear Young Rocker, and other great shows, visit the Double Elvis website and follow...

Duration:00:11:35

E33: GAY ROCKER FEAT LG OF THELMA AND THE SLEAZE

6/2/2021
LG of the band Thelma and the Sleaze brings us all the way back to her early adolescence in Kankakee Illinois. Surviving a childhood marked by head lice, fights, all kinds of trouble making and being the stinky kid in school LG is pulled more and more toward her own desire to play rock music especially when she hears songs by female fronted bands like Belly and the Cranberries. She also knows right away that she doesn't want to play with any boys. A run-in with some missionaries grants her...

Duration:00:35:28

E32: STOMPHIA FEAT WENDY EISENBERG

5/26/2021
Wendy Eisenberg went through a best friend transition in middle school that led to playing in their first band and some insight about what it means to be yourself. In this beautifully written story and letter to their younger self, Wendy talks about a fateful pool party and the importance of letting people see your many sides. Wendy releases music under their full name Wendy Eisenberg as well as with the band Editrix and various other collaborations. Two organizations Wendy has fundraised...

Duration:00:37:43

E31: ANXIOUS BUT OKAY FEAT ELISE OKUSAMI

5/19/2021
Elise Okusami of the band Oceanator started playing guitar and listening to Green Day pretty young at nine years old, and her first band wasn't long after that. On this episode of DYR, she tells the story of attending an Against Me! show and finding the musical community that really inspired her to dream big about her own musical career. She gives some advice to her younger self about living as an anxious person. Elise recommends listeners check out two organizations: the Black Trans Travel...

Duration:00:32:22

Introducing Here Comes the Break, a new podcast from Double Elvis

5/13/2021
Here Comes the Break, a new podcast from Double Elvis and Def Jam, premieres on Thursday, May 13th. Executive produced by Jake Brennan, Here Comes the Break features real interviews and exclusive new song drops from the latest Def Jam artists. Here Comes the Break is a mix of music discovery and audio drama like you’ve never heard before. Ruben is a young creator from Queens whose whole life changes when he finds his voice as an interviewer and host. But as his new gig breaks bigger and...

Duration:00:02:49

E30: FOLK PUNK FEAT. KATIE LAU OF PAINTED ZEROS

5/12/2021
Katie Lau takes the mic on this episode and tells her story of adolescent self-discovery as a kid that withdrew after some harsh bullying but came out of her shell when she fell in love with punk music. Katie's band is called Painted Zeros. In this episode she recommends the following organizations: Red Canary Song, AAPI Women Lead, and Stop AAPI Hate. And for more, check out dearyoungrocker.com and follow @dearyoungrocker on instagram. For DYR merch and info on more great shows check out...

Duration:00:40:19

Introducing Badlands Season 1: Hollywoodland

5/5/2021
Launching May 5th, BADLANDS is a new true crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND and executive producer of DEAR YOUNG ROCKER. Season 1 of BADLANDS, entitled “HOLLYWOODLAND,” explores the true crimes and scandalous careers of Hollywood’s most infamous stars. Listen each week for new stories on the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee’s relationship with Hong Kong street fighters, John Holmes’ role in...

Duration:00:03:53

E29: THE BLAZER FEAT LIRA MONDAL OF SWEEPING PROMISES

5/5/2021
Lira Mondal of the band Sweeping Promises shares her story of growing up in Arkansas as a nerdy choir kid longing to fit into an alternative rock subculture that she isn't sure she's cool enough for. As an only child of a single Bangladeshi mom, she doesn't feel like she blends in with her mostly white peers. She finds confidence in her voice but dreams of playing guitar or bass in a band and getting to rock out to the kind of music she loves the most - especially her favorite band Interpol....

Duration:00:42:21

E28: DOC MARTENS FEAT. MIA BERRIN OF POM POM SQUAD

4/28/2021
Mia Berrin, frontwoman of Pom Pom Squad, tells the story of a difficult freshman year of high school in Florida. She endured racially-motivated bullying, exclusion and depression, but started to find her own path when she put on pair of Doc Martens and discovered the music of Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Hole and Heavens to Betsy. Soon she started writing her own songs and going to shows and even met an important musical partner. Mia gives some advice to her younger self...

Duration:00:34:45

E27: CRYING IN H MART FEAT. MICHELLE ZAUNER OF JAPANESE BREAKFAST

4/21/2021
Michelle Zauner joins Chelsea to read a selection from and discuss her new book Crying in H Mart (Knopf). Chelsea asks Michelle about her writing process, her teenage relationship with her mother who passed away when Michelle was 25, and her early musical influences (including Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Michelle also delivers a short Dear Young Rocker letter to her younger self about how not peaking in high school is a very good thing. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:41:05

Introducing 27 Club Season 3

4/15/2021
Listen to Season 3 of the 27 Club to hear the wild details behind the life of one of rock's greatest icons — Janis Joplin. From her roots as a bullied and ostracized teenager to her stunning rise to international superstardom, the story of Janis Joplin’s short life still resonates today, more than 50 years after her death. You'll hear about her wild adventures from Texas to San Francisco and beyond, her involvement with the Hell's Angels, fellow 27 Club members Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison,...

Duration:00:03:43

E26: NERD CAMP - FEAT. AMY HOFFMAN OF FUTURE TEENS

4/14/2021
Amy Hoffman of the band Future Teens has a transformative high school summer at an academic camp in Missouri. When a teacher encourages the students to find their calling, Amy realizes their calling is playing emo rock just like their favorite bands - Taking Back Sunday, Say Anything and The Rocket Summer. Away from the pressures of family for the first time, Amy gets up the nerve to perform a song in front of the whole camp and starts to feel like their true self. Check out Future Teens and...

Duration:00:35:02

E25: PRELUDE

4/7/2021
Chelsea tells us the origin story of Dear Young Rocker and makes the case for creating the work you want to, rather than waiting for someone else to hand you the keys to the life you dream of. This will be the last episode of DYR devoted to Chelsea's story. Season three will continue as a series of heartfelt personal letters written by musicians to their own young rocker selves about their own musical beginnings. For more, check out dearyoungrocker.com and follow @dearyoungrocker on...

Duration:00:41:57

Dear Young Rocker Season 3 Trailer

3/31/2021
Dear Young Rocker Season 3 launches April 7th, 2021. Tune in for a music-themed audio memoir podcast where musicians tell the stories of their teenage struggles and triumphs and how they became the artists and people they are today. On each episode of Dear Young Rocker, host Chelsea Ursin introduces a rising musical guest star who reads a heartfelt story about their teenage life and a letter to their younger self full of the advice they wish someone could have given them back then. In...

Duration:00:03:40

Angie and David Bowie: The Prettiest Star

11/30/2020
In the summer of 1969, people all over the world were gripped by space fever in the wake of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, which would successfully land men on the moon. In London, nineteen year old Angie Barnett, freshly out of boarding school, was searching for an identity of her own. She found it one evening in an up and coming singer named David Bowie, whose single “Space Oddity” was rocketing to the Number #1 spot in the UK charts. While their marriage a year later was one of convenience...

Duration:00:25:19

Introducing: About A Girl

11/23/2020
About A Girl is a new podcast about the influential women behind the musical legends - women who inspired, supported, and challenged icons like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Bob Marley on their way to greatness. About a Girl is executive produced by Jake Brennan of Disgraceland and premieres November 30th, 2020. Search for and subscribe to About A Girl on the iHeart Radio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:03:29

E24: PURPOSE

11/4/2020
In the season two finale of Dear Young Rocker, Chelsea feels an intense desire to make noise and tell stories. For the first time she fronts her own band. By writing her own songs and stepping up to the microphone, she starts to feel that she’s living her purpose. The final piece of the puzzle is writing her memoir and discovering the power of talking to her younger self. For more: check out dearyoungrocker.com and @dearyoungrocker on Instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:49:46

E23: SWEDEN

10/28/2020
This episode of Dear Young Rocker finds our heroine in Scandinavia for the summer to volunteer at another rock camp. Being so far from home is certainly different, but people are the same everywhere. Chelsea learns what it’s like to be really, really on her own for the first time. It’s both freeing and scary, and she learns that no matter where you go, you’re still you. For more: check out dearyoungrocker.com and @dearyoungrocker on instagram. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Duration:00:46:18