I was just a child during the rowdy years when Rock and Roll started taking over the world. Actually, it started a while before I was born. I remember my sisters putting on their Dave Clark Five records and The Beatles when my parents weren't at home. My mother and father had no tolerance for that 'noise,' preferring their Johnny Cash and other country and gospel favorites. My dad had a pretty fancy stereo system for those days.
It was during those years, I first heard the term, generation gap, often referring to the different tastes in music between teenagers and their elders. It was also applied to clothing, attitudes and hair styles. A while ago, I read an interesting article claiming there was no longer a generation gap in music. Parents and their kids listen to the same kind of music.
I've known for years that I liked the same music as the teenagers I teach but this article proposed it wasn't just me, but mostly everyone. Rock and Roll has closed and made obsolete the gap.
Last Monday, Alex Cavanaugh, hosted Favorite Genre Blogfest, where one of the genres was music. Except for a few blogs I visited, most people selected Rock and Roll of some style or decade as their favorite genre. The Rock and Roll generation is now almost all generations.
There were also a lot of bloggers who said YA books were their preferred genre. I know my teenagers read the same 'adult' fantasy books as I did, but I also read some YA my daughter recommends. No generation gap there either?
What do you think? Is generation gap an obsolete term? Do you see it in a certain area but not in others? Are you rock 'n' roll forever?