Thursday, June 3, 2010

Yesterday came suddenly

Kids today don't recognize Beatles lyrics, and some Baby Boomers are freaking the heck out about it.

Although I do think everyone should have a sense of history and what came before, I also feel like prior generations can't expect what they held dear to be treated the same way by a group that didn't live through that era.

Everything passes away, that's the whole reason for our book, and I find it fascinating to watch it go, and to learn from the lessons it teaches as it does.

(By the way, did you know the widely striped crosswalk, as shown in the Abbey Road pic, is called a "zebra crossing"? I had no idea. That's got to be the most famous one in the world, no? I imitated that famed walk on that very same crosswalk with three friends on a trip to London in 1999, as so many have done before and since. Only according to the Wikipedia entry on Abbey Road, the crosswalk was slightly moved in the 1970s, so we weren't in the exact footsteps of the Fab Four after all.)


Kathy said...

I'm in my late thirties, and I don't know if I'd recognize all but a handful of the most ubiquitous Beatles songs. But I see what you mean. I see it with my own generation, too.

Dimestore Lipstick said...

I love ANYthing that discombobulates baby boomers. That generation has been driving social trends my whole life, and I am overjoyed to see their precious primacy threatened and their pop culture marginalized by the younger generation, just as they steamrolled the generations previous AND subsequent to their own.

Funnily enough, I did indeed know that that was called a zebra crossing--I lived, for a time in 1982, a short walk away from the very one pictured here. We used to watch idiot baby boomer tourists foul the traffic several times a day by trying to re-stage the album cover. As 18-year-olds (slightly post- boomer and slightly pre-GenX), my friends and I thought the whole thing a stupid pain in the butt, and would openly mock them from the kerb. Dang, I had fun that summer in London.