Boomer Audit Week

Boomer Audit: D.A. Pennebaker Invents the Music Festival in ‘Monterey Pop’

When the “Boomer Audit” was scheduled as a theme week — absolutely fair as we’re hitting the 45th anniversary of Woodstock — I felt relatively skeptical about it, as I have been lucky enough to live a life devoid of boomer values infecting my everyday existence, at least when it comes to my immediate family. My parents were the Silent Generation, born between the World Wars. As a result, while my peers had parents who were ex-hippies, with books like How to Tell Your Kids No When You Said Yes on their bookshelves, well, my parents, slightly older than the other parents, had missed out on that culture as they were too busy raising children and surviving. … Read More

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Boomer Audit: Trying to Make Sense of ‘The Flying Nun’

From 1967 to 1970, ABC aired a strange little sitcom called The Flying Nun. The very existence of this show, which I discovered in passing just a few years ago, doesn’t make much sense at first. The title reads like a throwaway joke from an episode of 30 Rock, which routinely took clever potshots at NBC (and television in general) by expertly creating fake, empty programs that revolved around a hilariously straightforward title. The Flying Nun would surely fit right in with the fictional shows Tank It or, more appropriately, God Cop. The Flying Nun isn’t a punchline, though. It was a very real show, and even a somewhat successful one, that spent three seasons detailing the adventures of, well, a flying nun. … Read More

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Boomer Audit: Jim Morrison Was a Moment in Time, Not an All-Time Legend

The Doors’ 1967 self-titled debut warrants a one-line B- review in Robert Christgau’s long-running Consumer Guide to music, and it ends as follows: “Jim Morrison sounds like an asshole.” Sounds like is a bit generous, don’t you think, Bob? There have been many arguments over Morrison’s high-on-his-own-arty-machismo legacy, and nearly all of them have been between Boomer white men who wrote about rock ‘n’ roll when it was much more of an outsider profession, reserved almost exclusively for semi-scummy dudes. Beyond the potential sexual partners who actually wanted to see the Lizard King’s dick emerge from his leather pants that fateful Florida night in 1969, these critics are the types most inclined to take Morrison’s art seriously. … Read More

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Boomer Audit: Despite the Self-Indulgence and the Clichés, ‘Easy Rider’ Retains Its Pulse

Easy Rider is nothing but trouble. Even the most casual of film fans is aware of its importance; an out-of-left-field critical and commercial smash in the summer of 1969, its unconventional approach, anti-authoritarian themes, and pop soundtrack helped set the table for the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s, and all that came after. Without Easy Rider, there would have been no Last Picture Show or Five Easy Pieces. Jack Nicholson may have never crossed over from screenwriting to screen acting. And the studios, falling to pieces after years of expensive flops, might have taken a good while longer to discover that genre-bending young filmmakers were the key to their survival. Easy Rider’s influence, its value, its consequence are irrefutable — and none of that makes it any easier to sit through. Yet saying so sounds like sneering contrarianism, if not outright trollery. You just can’t win with this one. … Read More

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Introducing Flavorwire’s Boomer Audit Week: Why We Need to Reevaluate Past Generations’ Classics

The 1960s. Dear god. It’s both remarkable and somewhat depressing to think about the continuing prevalence of 1960s mythology today — albums recorded during that decade are regularly presented to us as the Greatest Ever Made, films as the most influential ever shot, and so on. One can’t imagine that in the 1960s, the 1910s were presented as culture’s high watermark. So why the enduring talk of the 1960s today? … Read More

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