Saturday, July 23, 2005

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Talking 'bout my old generation

Generation X -- you (and I) are old and getting older. Monica Eng's story in the Chicago Tribune explains:

For many of us who attended Lollapaloozas more than a decade ago, the prospect of returning to this hipster music festival can make us feel a little creaky.

I mean, can we really feel comfortable coming back as people whose lives of late-night carousing and multiple piercings have been replaced by late-night feedings and multiple strollers?

According to Lollapalooza founder and dad Perry Farrell, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

That's because this year's Lollapalooza features a special family area called Kidzapalooza, where all children under 10 get in free with a ticketholding adult.

"Since I started Lollapalooza I've had three children and I've become very aware of the fact that there aren't many family-oriented activities geared towards parents like me . . . Lollapalooza Parents," says Farrell. "Kidzapalooza gives us something we can share with our whole family--a festival with family-oriented entertainment and activities that can educate and enliven the spirits of our kids, while also giving us a place to hear great music for our own ears."

It's also a way to expand the reach of the festival and test new waters for this event that is in the process of reconceptualization.

But it is also a boon to rock-loving parents who thought that their minivans, Diaper Genie skills and multiple offspring had exiled them from Coolville forever.

posted by Dan on 07.23.05 at 09:51 AM


I guess we really are the new baby boomers. We jsut don't know when to let it go.

posted by: goodness_of_fit on 07.23.05 at 09:51 AM [permalink]

Wait a minute... Perry Farrell, the lead singer of Jane's Addiction, has had THREE kids? That's crazy... and I shudder to think of when "my" generation pop stars -- excretable people like Ashlee Simpson -- start to mellow out and stop lip synching...

posted by: Josh on 07.23.05 at 09:51 AM [permalink]

Geezerpalooza. Grrreat.

posted by: Kelli on 07.23.05 at 09:51 AM [permalink]

Just got back from the absolutely jamming Fingerlakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg NY. Met a slew of old friends, who now have children at about the same ages as ours, and we took all ages dancing (and cycling with trail-a-bikes and child carriers through the surrounding countryside). Tons of fun stuff for kids to do, like parades and flag-making and banging on drums, but without any of the "kids-only" culture of Nickelodeon and Disney. No need to fall into this trap of thinking that some barrier -- birth of second child, age 40, or whatever -- separates the good years of your life from the boring years. Why have any boring years at all?

posted by: Parke on 07.23.05 at 09:51 AM [permalink]

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

This old Deadhead is delighted to see GenXers starting to turn into ... us. Fellow exiles from Coolville.

Hang on for a few more years and you'll discover how incredibly little coolness matters.

posted by: Mikhail on 07.23.05 at 09:51 AM [permalink]

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