Gen X age range
The Strauss & Howe Definition (they created the concept of Millennial) runs roughly as follows:,(birthyears),Lost Generation - late 1800s,WWII Generation - 1900s into early 1920s,Silent Generation - 1920s into mid-1940s,Boomers - late 1940s to early 1960s,GenX - early 1960s to about 1980,Millennials - early 1980s to early 2000s,Plurals or GenZ - after about 2004
Because music was the defining feature of most counter cultural movements in the 60s, 70s, and even in the 80s but started to decline heading into the 90s.
Punks, hippies, metal-heads, they all went to shows.
They listened to music constantly, they shared it with their friends, and they all spent money on music.
Not only did they spend money, but they spent money consistently on acts who had a lot of musical talent.
,The Beatles were bigger than Jesus because that many people in Gen-X cared about music that much.
During the 90s, and 00s though, music started losing steam as one of peoples major forms of entertainment.
Video game arcades, the mall, or out to clubs instead of shows.
Moneys started falling out of the music industry, and a lot of talented acts couldnt make a living playing music anymore.
When you need a day job to stay alive, you cant practice and write music all day.
,It didnt help that the counter culture of the 80s was so inaccessible compared to the hippies.
Great music was still being made, but the punk and metal music was inaccessible to people who werent willing to really embrace the culture.
Punk shows still had to be live, but unlike music of the 60s and 70s being there was about the mosh pit instead of the once-in-a-lifetime guitar solo at a Dead concert.
Where the hippies talked about peace love and acceptance, the punks just didnt give a fuck.
So the group of people spending all their money on shows shrinks, and those shows become less accessible to casual fans.
Thats less money that acts can use to keep not having a day job, and devoting their life to practicing good music, and fewer fans to help artists feel fulfilled.
,The 80s had already started shifting music towards electronic recording techniques, and by the 90s digital recording was becoming the norm.
The tech was still expensive and inaccessible, so people still needed studios to record a quality album.
Because money was coming out of industry in general there was less capital to take risks on un-or under established acts.
There was no venture capital in the music community anymore.
,The good news is that more and more money is flowing into the entertainment industry.
Technology has gotten to the point that it really is possible for independent acts to get their music to a huge audience without a music professional.
Festival attendance is skyrocketing, and the hipsters are finally embracing the idea that musicians should get paid, and that being famous is okay.
Music is on its way back up, and the human infrastructure to support artists is the biggest reason why.
Gen A age range
The term Generation X had been previously used to mean all kinds of things, but in contemporary usage it was popularized by the book Generation X: Tales for an Acceleratedulture, which came out in 1991.
,The book doesnt define it, but the author, Douglas Coupland, did in interviews he gave at the time.
He said it was people who technically would be considered at the tail end of the Baby boom, but had nothing in common with classic Baby Boomer culture.
,For example, Gen X was too young to participate in protests against the Vietnam War.
Instead of listening to the The Rolling Stones during their teenage years they were more likely to have listened to The Carpenters or Captain & Tennille.
When the book came out, TV evening magazine shows usually explained it in terms of what TV shows you grew up with.
If your favorite show was The Brady Bunch, then youre a Gen Xer.
If you grew with Get Smart or Gilligans Island, who were an early Gen Xer.
I think H.
Pufnstuf was late Gen Xer.
,About the same time, 1991, the expression Thirtysomething became popular (from the name of the TV show).
People started using the two terms interchangeably, even as the years went by and Gen Xers were no longer in their thirties.
,Eventually people got so confused they stopped using the term.
When it started coming back again, it had a whole new definition: the Baby Boom Echo (children of Baby Boomers).