Why People Born 1955–1964 Aren’t Baby Boomers

Ode to Generation Jones: punks, yuppies, but never hippies

Nichola Scurry
7 min readJan 17, 2022

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People seated on stools at a scruffy-looking bar.
Sound of Music bar, San Francisco punk club, 1984. Utilizer, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0.

In a documentary on the 1970s punk scene, an interviewee (born in 1959) explained how he didn’t identify with the typical Baby Boomer characteristics and that he was too old to be a Gen X. He felt as though he didn’t belong and just defined himself as a punk.

I often wondered about this group of people. They’re officially classified as Baby Boomers, yet coming of age during “Anarchy in the UK” must have given them a totally different life experience from those who came of age during “Give Peace a Chance”.

Turns out the man in the documentary was a member of Generation Jones. Turns out the 1980s yuppies of the Reganomics era were also Generation Jones.

I’m Generation X and Generation Jones was the cool older sibling I looked up to and relied on for music suggestions. I had way more in common with Generation Jones than I did with my traditional Baby Boomer parents who listened to British Invasion music before growing their hair long.

“Between Woodstock and Lollapalooza, between ‘Turn on, tune in, drop out’ and ‘Just Say No,’ and between Dylan going electric and Nirvana going…

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Nichola Scurry

Australian human living in Barcelona, writing mostly about popular culture with a twist of quirky. If you like my writing, I like coffee. ko-fi.com/nicscurry