To Boomer or not to Boomer

I read a piece in the Waco Trib this morning about the coming retirement of the Baby Boom generation.  Whatever else the article claimed, I finished reading in the third paragraph, which identified the Baby Boomers as “the generation that revolutionized music….”

I don’t think so; but I’d love get your opinion.  A cursor check confirmed my memory; Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix all were born before 1945, the start of the Baby Boom.  I didn’t check further because I didn’t, and still don’t, see the need.  If music has been revolutionized in the past 50 years, these guys were involved, if not responsible, and none of them are baby boomers.

Should the Baby Boom get credit for revolutionizing music?

2 thoughts on “To Boomer or not to Boomer

  1. yer right. the boomers can take credit for being fans and transforming rock and roll into a lifestyle, but the great music the boomers are so proud of was made by a previous generation. you and i are at the border of the boomer/13th generation divide. we were babies in the early 60s. whatever else, we grew up immersed in rock and roll. when i came to Jesus in high school i still craved rock and roll – the church i attended had a great rock band called Harvest. and i discovered a Christian bookstore way off I45 that carried Christian rock. Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill and the Resurrection Band (from Jesus People U.S.A. in Chicago) really sustained me in my early days. and Second Chapter of Acts. none of those musicians were boomers either, or if they were of that age group they didn’t act like it.

    i’d like to hear more of your thoughts on this subject.

  2. I’m not really sure what to make of all this, Kenny. (Can I call you Kenny? that’s the name I remember you by, though it has been near 30 years now)

    I became suspicious of the definition-by-generation thing a few years ago. As you point out, we are between the generations, and I tend to find more affinity with the “13th” or X-ers than with the Boomers.

    But, then, perhaps it is my aversion to the in-group. Or, better, my interest in being aware that there always is an in group and that, as I understand it, Jesus’ way is to try and limit the separation and discrimination thus held against the out group.

    I have come to realize that it is increasingly difficult for me as a middle-aged white American man to make any claims about being out-of-power, and it is tricky even to claim to identify with those who are out of power, but these are things that, as I understand it, Jesus has given us to do.

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