This is a repost of a 2016 blog entry on how the less known “Generation Jones” followed the “Baby Boomers”.
The Baby Boom was an arbitrary grouping of people born over a nearly 20-year period after WW2. The reality, though, is that people born at the end of this group had little in common with those born at the beginning. Some suggested they should be categorized into their own generation – which became known as “Generation Jones”.
I have updated the original 2016 post to correct typographical errors and to include some new charts to illustrate the issue.
Source: Generation “Jones” – the generation that followed the “Baby Boomers” – Coldstreams
As an illustration of the difference between the early “boomers” and the late “boomers”, my older brothers had different musical experiences as teens, than did I. None of “their generations’ music” was my generation’s music. I became aware of this in reading about the 1960s and 1970s -era folk and rock music scene described in this Wikipedia article about Bob Dylan.
They listened to Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, “Peter, Paul and Mary”, The Beatles, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Pete Seeger, and so on. This was “their generation’s music”, not mine. And that illustrates how the concept of one monolithic “Baby boom” generation is sort of meaningless in describing a group.