Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A generation that defines America

You know you’re a cute little heartbreaker - Foxy
You know you’re a sweet little lovemaker - Foxy
I wanna take you home, I won’t do you no harm, no
You’ve got to be all mine, all mine ... Ooh, foxy lady


The image of Jimi Hendrix performing at Woodstock 1969; evokes strange images in my mind - curly afrohair with bandana - white jacket with fringes - guitar slung over shoulders - immersed in psychedelic trance!!! A Rock-N-Roll virtuoso with a mixed African, European, Cherokee Indian & Mexican descent … [yeah America is a land of racial hodgepodge] strumming in front of a huge gung-ho crowd which a unique fashion statement ...
Torn/patched jeans - Tie-n-die-shirts - Wide leather belts - Long hair [mostly unkept] – Beards-n-moustaches [hardly trimmed] - Bell-bottoms - Mini/Micromini skirts – Halter tops – Chain belts – Platform heels – Leather boots ...
That was the 60's ...
What happens to this generation as they grow old????

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A generation that has many catchphrases associated to them:
War-babies - Me-generation - Now-generation - Love-generation - hippie-culture - counterculture - experimentation - free-love – communal living ...

A generation that embraced songs like ...
I hope I die before I get old (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (talkin’ ’bout my generation)
This is my generation, This is my generation
[ The Who]

A generation that chanted: “Don’t trust anyone over 30”...
What happens to this generation as they grow old????

Demographers term this generation as the Baby-Boomer generation.
Born between Jan 1st, 1946 – Dec 31st, 1964 ...
It’s a massive team of 78 million Americans ... A demographic bulge!!!
America's present population is expected to be about 300 million ...
Baby-boomers form the largest generation ever to be born in America. Never had so many babies been born in such a small time-span ... a reflection of relative peace and prosperity after prolonged bad years of Depression & War ...

Late 40’s – maternity wards were overcrowded with expectant mothers
1950’s – school enrollment swelled - they played with hula-hoops
1960’s - colleges were overfilled - they formed the most educated [yet] lot
1970’s - job-market expanded – they formed double-income families
1980’s – housing sector bulged - had late kids
1990’s – divorce court boomed
2000's - they prepare to retire ...
They have molded and shaped American society at every phase – simply by moving through it en masse . Demographers frequently describe their effect comparing it to a python swallowing a pig. In the same way that it causes a huge lump, as it moves down the body of snake ... so does this generation affects every aspect of American culture as it grows and grays ...
What happens to this generation as they grow old????

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Their legacy has greater impact on society than any other generation.
- Civil-rights / racial integration
- Equal rights for women / women’s lib movement / feminism
- Vietnam war protests / slogans like “Make Love Not War”
- First generation to grow on television
- Environmentalists
- Soccer-moms
- Mini-vans / SUVs
- Fast-food generation to grow on McDonalds, Burger King, KFC …
- They rule Hollywood ... Steven Spielberg is the poster-boy of this generation [born in 1946], Peter Jackson [LOTR], Ang lee [ Brokeback Mountain], Quentin Tarantino [ born- 1963]
- Grew on Rock-N-Roll of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin … songs that are still loved by the masses
- Well President George W. Bush, Ex-President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice all belong to the baby-boomer generation .....
Baby-boomer culture *IS* the American culture ...

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Compared to earlier generations, they grew in abundance, lived in indulgence and were pampered with technological breakthroughs. Baby-boomers have reached geezer-hood now. They frequent drug-stores more than hardware stores now. However they still impact our economy. In a democratic society where every vote counts; politicians simply cant ignore their huge-lot. They are outspoken, concerned and they matter!!!
No wonder people discuss:
- Social security
- Medicare benefits
As the baby-boomer generation reach retirement – pushing over-55 years to 25% of the population.

What happens to this generation as they grow old and retire ...
Is yet to be seen …

But I have long been FASCINATED by this generation …
And today I just felt like writing my impressions on them ...


AND HAPPY HOLI EVERYONE
PLAY WITH COLORS ... ENJOY !!!!

9 Comments:

At 15 March, 2006 14:41, Blogger Prashanth said...

Harumph. No Holi here. What about you, you been playing with colours? Or colors, for that matter?

 
At 15 March, 2006 14:44, Blogger Intern said...

Actually Prashanth -

NO COLOR AT ALL!!!
Even that little splash of color is only in the Blog!!!
AND.... I'M SOMEWHAT HAPPY about it!!!!

 
At 15 March, 2006 15:10, Anonymous Sanity Starved said...

Jimi Hendrix and the Land of Baby-Boomers... but, indeed!

Do you have Woodstock 69? Just last week overheard a conversation with the bus driver about Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The driver was a Seattle local and the passenger from Texas, so they both respected each other.

The last photo with that little girl in green is extremely cute! :D

Oh! Happy Holi! I still have to see what I will do about it...

 
At 15 March, 2006 16:49, Blogger Intern said...

Sanity ->
I have joined Netflix.
So off late have been watching whole lot of classics:
Dr Strangelove, Citizen Kane, One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest, Seven Samurai, Raging Bull ....
AND ... Woodstock ... as well.

btw there's another music-based wonderful movie - "The Last Waltz" directed by Matrin Scorsese. Its like a documentary on the final performance of "The Band". An awesome movie!!!

Some days back i saw just the final half-hour of "Blues Brothers" - quite entertaining!!!

AND yeah - Happy Holi!!!

That last photo even I like!!!
Well the first photo is quite like Red-White-Blue - quite American symbolically !!!
Gosh I got wierd taste!

 
At 16 March, 2006 01:10, Blogger Prashanth said...

I do love all these little photographs you take, Jyo. You have an eye for the calm and the cute, the poignant and the colourful, the awe-inspiring and the beautiful. It shows good taste.

 
At 16 March, 2006 06:36, Blogger Intern said...

Now Now Prashanth
You made my day!!!!

Early morning I read these beautiful lines .....
THANK YOU!!!!

 
At 16 March, 2006 12:38, Blogger Jagadish said...

the last pic with the grandfather and the kid is very well shot...kind of goes with the mood of the post...

personally i think our generation is going to see a sea-change in terms of how relationships are going to viewed and understood by us, which will most definetely be starkly different from how our earlier generations are probably used to. This is very much true at least when it comes to India.

Our generation probably is seeing more people live sedentary lifestyle thanks to many fields picking up speed...everyone seems to be working overtime....the old concept of 9-5 no longer holds....quite in contrast with the work culture in developed countries where the 9-5pm still is very much true....

....we are over-working ourselves.... all of us...

 
At 16 March, 2006 21:12, Blogger Intern said...

jagadish ->
i agree with both your points ..
# when it comes to india this generation is different from earlier ones [by-n-large]
# Yups here people prefer working fixed hours

and Thank You!

 
At 17 March, 2006 10:33, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Torn/patched jeans - Tie-n-die-shirts - Wide leather belts - Long hair [mostly unkept] – Beards-n-moustaches [hardly trimmed] - Bell-bottoms - Mini/Micromini skirts – Halter tops – Chain belts – Platform heels – Leather boots ...
That was the 60's ...


Good description

 

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