The generational line in music

Has vanished:

"When I was a kid, I didn't listen to Tommy Dorsey. There was a generational line drawn when it came to music. Kids today love Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead -- all kinds of good music." -- Gregg Allman

I noticed the same thing. When my daughter had to choose a song for her recent flash mob, she chose "Carry on My Wayward Son" -- a 35-year-old song. When I was a teen, no one was picking music from WWII for anything except perhaps ridicule.


  1. I've thought about this before, and part of me wants to say that the reason is because a lot of today's rock is just plain bad. Maybe artists in this genre have just run out of ideas, or maybe new ideas are hard to come by because the low hanging fruit has already been picked.

    The number of classic rock songs on my Ipod is much, much larger than the number of rock songs produced after the year 2000. The bulk of the music played by rock stations here in San Diego seems to predate 2000, that's for sure (a lot of stuff from the late 80s and the 90s [e.g. Metallica, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, etc.]).

    Dorsey was a jazz musician. There was a change of genre during the 1950s and 60s, from psychedelic to heavy rock. We might be due for another genre change soon.

  2. The YouTube effect?