Never Gonna Give You Up -- The Rickroll: past, present, future

November 13, 2020

James Yoo

The rickroll is a time-honoured tradition that has crosscut cultural boundaries across time. From its origins in the late Hellenistic period to honour the spirits of soldiers lost in wars, to its latent period in 1960s beatnik counterculture, Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" is an anthem to those who are no strangers to love that has stood the test of time. Join me as we explore the deep meaning behind the rickroll, and trace its history across the very fabric of the past, present, and future.