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May 10, 2019 21:50:06

Why Don’t Millenials Know Music from Before They Were Born?

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Yes, I’m generalizing. It’s not ALL Millenials, but way too many of the ones I’ve met don’t appear to know most of the music from the early 90s or earlier.

I was born in 1980, but I’ve known about 70s, 60s, 50s and older music since I was a child.

I can’t believe how many 20-somethings don’t know artists like:

- Nirvana

- Wu-Tang Clan

- Queen

- 2pac

- Metallica

- Madonna

- Guns N’ Roses

- Rancid

- NOFX

And on and on and on. They’ve literally grown up having music available to them instantly, and the ability to know about all music courtesy of the Internet.

Do you know how I found out about music when I was in high school?

1. The radio

2. Magazines

3. Much Music (the Canadian MTV)

4. Columbia House (and BMG)

The Internet was barely a thing in my small town when I was in high school. And those who had it could only access it via dial-up. If I heard a song on the radio and didn’t know the name of it, I’d have to hope that the DJ would say it. I couldn’t Shazam it, or google some of the lyrics or see the name of it on my Sirius XM in the car.

And here’s the thing. Music since the year 2000 has been less good than what came before 2000, in my opinion (on average). Of course there was some garbage before, and there’s some garbage now. The 90s were arguably the best decade of music in modern history. But that’s for another post.

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