Friday, June 01, 2007
Baby Boomers - a generation like no other.
This is the 40th anniversary of the release of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." I think many who are younger than the Baby Boomers do not realize how much has changed. All young people in the Western world eagerly awaited each new Beatles record - or the Who, or Jefferson Airplane. The entire generation too on the older generation with passion and energy which often turned into violence as in the Paris student riots. Anti-war protests were full of fury - not just in the US where the young faced being sent to Vietnam, but in other countries as well. Confrontation was the norm. Now I am quite prepared to recognize that young people today are just as intelligent, creative and involved as those of 40 years ago, but the group dynamic is different just as the Baby Boomers were different from their parents.