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August 14, 2006

Boomers Back in the USSR

We know there's an active boomer cohort in Australia and in the UK, but a new book examines the boomer generation in Russia. Russia's Sputnik Generation: Soviet Baby Boomers Talk About Their Lives, by Dr. Donald J. Raleigh, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explores the lives of eight Russians who came of age after World War ll. From Sputnik through Gorbachev and Russia's current economy, Raleigh presents in-depth interviews with Boomers who have their own take on the second half of the 20th century.




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April 1, 2006

Two Books That Have Nothing to do With Boomers

I'm getting a strong dose of Genx lit these days...and I'm loving it. Even if you hardly actually know any 30-somethings and your kids are too young and you're too old, "Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless" by Susan Jane Gilman has a bunch of a-ha moments. Gilman, who grew up in New York City the child of hippie parents, recounts some of the less than golden moments of her youth--finding religion (or not), dealing with the popular girls, little-girl dreams of adulthood, boys, crushes, jobs, and all the angst of being a girl in the modern world.

A review on femail.com says:
"Susan's experiences are universal - whether it's coping with mean girls at school, working for a feminist boss who, it turns out, is horrible to the women who work for her, or simply being terminally uncool. Reading like terrific fiction, this entertaining memoir will strike a chord with 20- and 30-something women everywhere."

Don't let the 20-30-something reference stop you; this is a terrific read. You can buy the book at Amazon.

Second, I am shamelessly plugging a book I've only read excerpts of. Another book that has absolutely nothing to do with Boomers, but hey--my sandbox, my rules. "Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be : A Rock & Roll Fairy Tale" was written by Jennifer Trynin, the daughter of a dear friend. A Boston singer-songwriter who was almost famous, Trynin took her experiences with near-greatness and the music industry and has written a cautionary tale for all would-be rock stars.

According to Entertainment Weekly, "Trynin's terse, hilarious, you-are-there prose is as strong as her songwriting was, and this will remain an excellent primer for any rockers considering signing with a major label...for however many months said labels continue to exist."

One way to support the music is to buy the book at Amazon.


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March 8, 2006

Boomers-The Great(er) Generation

A visitor posted a rave ,of this book, The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, in the forum. I can hardly believe I haven't read it...OK, or even heard of it. But I'm rushing to Amazon right now to buy it.




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November 28, 2005

Rock Photos

If you want to see some great photographs of rock and roll icons as well as some faux icons, check out Bob Gruen's website. He has been described in the press as the rock photographer--don't miss his photos of Bob Dylan and of John Lennon. Unfortunately he doesn't sell photos online but if you live in New York, L.A., or New Orleans, you can find 'em there.

He also has some book of photography out, including John Lennon: The New York Years, available at Amazon.





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August 10, 2005

Bruuuuuuce

A few weeks ago, the New York Times Book Review ran an essay by A. O. Scott critiquing " books about, inspired by or making reference to Bruce Springsteen.' It was a good article for Bruce fans who don't mind their fandom one step removed from the music or for students of pop culture. But the coolest thing about the article was a response in this week's Letter's section from the Boss himself. I'd like to think he came across the essay during a leisurely read of the Sunday Times between playing with his kids and noodling a new song idea on the guitar.

Seems Bruce got a bit touchy about this canonization of his 'image' and I at least was glad to see it. As our musical icons are more and more dissected, analyzed, and categorized to death, it's good remember that, at some point back in time, Bruce was just a guy from down the shore.

Published: July 31, 2005

Greetings From Rumson, N.J.
To the Editor:
Regarding "The Boss Bibliography" (July 3), by A. O. Scott:

The merits of my music and performances over the last 30 years I gladly leave to the fans, critics and writers. On the subject of "image," however, I thought I might be able to provide some simple clarification.

The "saintly, man of the people" thing I occasionally see attached to my name is bull----. It was perhaps invented, like myself, by Jon Landau . . . or maybe by that high school kid somewhere who supposedly wrote "Blowin' in the Wind." Life, art and identity are, of course, much more complicated. How do I know? I heard it in a Bruce Springsteen song.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Rumson, N.J.

Find some of those books about Bruce.




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April 25, 2005

Maureen Dowd on Aging, George Bush, and Other Really Scary Things

Well, if I do ever go into a nursing home, I hope Maureen Dowd is there too so I'll be able to revel in her point of view--both political--and personal, like this
musing on aging from the New York Times.

Her most recent Times Op Ed columns.

And when you're picking up a copy of her new book, Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk please buy one for us, too.




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April 9, 2005

Advertising to Baby Boomers

Chuck Nyren is a funny writer. Well, he's a serious writer who's funny. We like his stuff so we figured, since everyone is trying to figure out how to market to Baby Boomers, his book will probably be the best guide yet. As the author says, "It's pretty outrageous -- at least for a business book."

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December 6, 2004

The 'Other' Shel Silverstein

silverstein.jpgThanks to my college-age son, I've rediscovered Shel Silverstein and his adult writings. All those years of reading "The Giving Tree" to my sons had made me forget the edgy songs, poems, and cartoons Silverstein produced. Did you know that he wrote "Boy Named Sue" and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" and "Sylvia's Mother?" I did too, but had forgotten. This great site has a wide sampling of his work including the poem that made my day today, "The Perfect High."

The site also includes the version of "Uncle Shelby's ABZ" that was originally published in Playboy in 1961. The hard copy book is available at Amazon along with sloppy sardonic musical treasures like "Freakin at the Freakers Ball."

When you are sick to death of our politically correct world, take a big hit of Shel.




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August 15, 2004

Boomer Music Dissed

cover "Kill Your Idols" topples our music icons in critiques by contemporary music writers. We haven't read this, but we wish someone would.
Extra credit for a book review.

UPDATE: Reading the reviews at Amazon.com, we came across this:

"Hooey
Older rock critics NEVER liked The Best of the Doors, Dark Side of the Moon, Ram, and Sgt. Pepper's (or for that matter, most of 'em, Kick Out the Jams, which DeRogatis's hero Lester Bangs tried to kill on contact), so what's the point here? A slim pretense on which to hang a payday, but then, that's authorial style for ya. And by the way, if somebody can't hear what's great about Exile on Main Street and the Sex Pistols, they're the dope.--Dave Marsh"

Wait, is that the same Dave Marsh who used to write for "Rolling Stone"? Hmmm.





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February 2, 2004

Our Boomer Childhood

We received this blurb from a reader and thought it might interest fellow boomers:

We have just published a book you will enjoy. "A Tongue in the Sink: The Harrowing Adventures of a Baby Boomer Childhood" is a humorous look at growing up in a small town in the 1950s, with reflections on the changing nature of childhood and on aging (besides "ugh"). The author, Dennis Fried, is a former physicist, philosophy professor, and stand-up comic, and is the author of the best-selling pet title "The Canine Guide to Living with Humans without Going Mad." You can learn more about both books at Eiffel Press

Find the book at Amazon




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January 24, 2004

Rock & Roll Never Forgets

Rock Confidential
By Coral Amende, Plume Books, Penguin Books, Ltd, 2000.

I bought this book for my teenage son several years ago, probably more to show him how hip a Baby Boomer I was than for his edification. Taking a look-through before I gave it to him, I realized it was too full of sex, drugs, and rock and roll for his tender sensibilities. But not for mine. Subtitled "A Backstage Pass to the Outrageous World of Rock 'n Roll," this may be one of the sleaziest, most scurrilous books I ever loved. Rock Confidential is a sordid and highly entertaining shuffle down memory's back alley.

The book is out of print but you may be able to find a used copy of Rock Confidential at Amazon.

Enlighten me, oh rock star:

"Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get." Keith Richards

"Reporting I'm drunk is like saying there was a Tuesday last week." Grace Slick

"I'm saving the bass player for Omaha." Janis Joplin

"Everybody got it wrong. I said I was into porn again, not born again." Billy Idol

"Everybody's colored--or else you wouldn't be able to see them." Captain Beefheart on racism

"I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to." Elvis Presley

"Just because I cut the heads off dolls, they say I must hate babies. But it's not true--I just hate dolls." Alice Cooper

"Knowing me, I'll probably get busted at my own funeral." Jimi Hendrix




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November 25, 2003

Baby Boomers: Women in Bloom

Getting Over Getting Older, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Berkley Books, 1996

Don't you just hate when a friend keeps insisting there's a book you MUST read? Whether it sounds interesting or not? I have just become that friend. I've been handing out copies of Getting Over Getting Older to all my women friends. Pogrebin's credentials are impeccable; as a co-founder of Ms magazine, she's certainly proved her feminisim. So don't expect coy tips on making yourself seem younger than you are.

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November 24, 2003

Stephen King

At an art opening this weekend, we had an interesting and extended (and sometimes technical) conversation with one of the creators of www.stephenking.com the official website of the author Stephen King.

King has a new book out , Wolves At The Calla
(book V in the Dark Tower Series). We can't speak to the book, but the website is a wonderful example of technical and artistic accomplishment. Well done, Jordan.




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July 26, 2003

Are you the bitch in the house?

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
Rita Mae Brown

The Bitch in the House
Cathi Hanauer, Editor
William Morrow, 2002
I've just come up for air after an intense engagement with a book--The Bitch in the House. This is a must-read for any woman who has ever felt rage, happiness, confusion, pleasure, guilt, joy, loneliness, exhaustion, euphoria, or who even draws breath.

This book is a collection of essays, compiled by Cathi Hanauer, with the subtitle, "26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage." The contributors range from 20-somethings to women in their 60's, most of them writers and editors; all of whom have something important to share about being women.

The best part of reading this book was the many A-HA moments I experienced. "Wow--I'm not crazy or, if I am, so are lots of other women."

So, I'm not alone when I:


  • Go into psychotic rages when I walk in the house after work and the sink is full of dishes, or when I'm the only family member capable of remembering when garbage day is.
  • Become guilt-ridden upon using the phrase "not now, I'm working" or when my children eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner (on Wonder bread).
  • Burst into tears as an appropriate response to "Mom, I have a match tonight--an hour away."
  • Make time comparison charts of how much time I spend doing housework or parenting as compared to say oh--writing my Pulitzer Prize winning novel or enjoyably wasting time
  • Feel personally responsible for the health, happiness, and well being of every human being on the planet.

I read parts aloud to my significant other, to close friends, to my mother, to the kids (well, to their backs as they fled for their lives), even to the dog, who, being a loyal sort, kept his eyes open for sentences at a time.

If you are a woman, or a man who sometimes wonders what the hell is inside the brain of the woman in your life, The Bitch in the House get it at Amazon and read it. Please




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July 17, 2003

Baby Boomer Reader Links

We keep a permanent set of Baby Boomer-related links here but we've recently added a user-submitted link directory. If you have a favorite Baby Boomer link you think would be of interest to our readers, please add it. We're especially interested in Boomer Bloggers. If you operate a weblog (and are a Boomer) please add your link to the "Blogs" category.




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May 31, 2003

Mr. Modem is Boomer

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Written by a Boomer, for Baby Boomers. This book sounds pretty good, even if Paul Harvey (dead or alive???) does endorse it. Perhaps it's a large print version of one of those "dummies" books.

"Mr. Modem's Internet Guide for Seniors, is heralded by ABC Radio personality Paul Harvey as "The book that takes the gobbledygook out of computers," and the New York Times as "An excellent map for navigating the Internet." This best-seller provides an anxiety-free, warm and friendly introduction to the Internet for adults, from first-time users to savvy surfers! "

Get it at Amazon Mr. Modem's Internet Guide for Seniors




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April 4, 2003

Boomer Books

The link below contains a comprehensive search page of books written by or pertaining to the Baby Boomer Generation.

Sample titles include: "Boomers, Xers, and Other Strangers: Understanding the Generational Differences That Divide Us ," "The Nanas and the Papas: A Boomers' Guide to Grandparenting," "Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America."

Click the link to see all 226 books in the search. Boomer Books




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February 7, 2003

Baby Boomer Resources

MyPrimeTime - http://www.myprimetime.com
Features tips on money and finance, work and jobs, health and fitness, travel and culture for baby boomers.

Fifties Website - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fifties.htm
Features the nostalgia, trivia, music and TV for the decade that kicked off the boomer generation and the birth of Rock n' Roll.

BoomerWeb.net - http://www.boomerweb.net
Features a retro nostalgic theme search engine and information about the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Provides free email and community forums.

Who's Who of the Haight-Ashbury Era - http://colinp1.home.mindspring.com/hip-dbf.htm
Features short biographies of the people involved.

US Boomers - http://www.usboomers.com
Provides articles and links on money, family, health, fun, and people.

The Boomer Initiatives - http://www.babyboomers.com/
Provides organization objectives, free membership, and a section of things that happened in boomers' birth years.

Boomer's Loft - http://www.boomersloft.com/
Online community for this generation features message boards, polls, articles and a guestbook.

Teri's Serendipity - http://www.tflatley.com/
Contains musings, in the form of articles, on coming to grips with being in one's 50's. Provides information about the author and contact information.

Boomers International - http://boomersint.org
Provides an online community and portal for people of this generation from around the world.

C-boom - Where CoolBoomers Surf - http://www.c-boom.com/
Provides online resources about boomer living including health, humor, and message boards. Includes eCards and horoscopes.

One Boomers Place - http://www.1BoomersPlace.com
Features articles of interest for baby boomers on fitness, health, finances, relationships plus lifestyles, humor and nostalgia.

Prime Lynx - http://www.primelynx.com
Search engine for babyboomers and generation x-ers. Provides news articles, chat and shopping.

International Association of Baby Boomers Plus - http://www.boomersassoc.com
Provides membership information.

Baby Boomers Bistro - http://www.babyboomerbistro.org.uk
Features chatrooms for this generation containing discussions and debates on issues ranging from environment to the state of pensions.

Pinky Lee Boomers First TV Hero - http://geocities.com/mrviewmaster/pinky/pinky.htm
Provides lyrics, overview and history of the show.

Baby Boom - http://www.howardsmead.com/boom.htm
Features information about the book "Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty: The First Four Decades of the Baby Boom" by Howard Smead. Provides sample chapters as excerpts and links to online booksellers that sell his book.

Tweeners - http://www.tweeners.org
Features a virtual community and entertainment for people born between 1960 and 1965.

The National Association of Baby Boomers - http://www.babyboomers.org/
News,information and resources on social security, family life and other issues of concern to members of the "baby boom" generation.

Baby Boomer Decisions - http://boomer-baby.com
Features daily tidbits and highlights, a bit of nostalgia, news and health. Contains information on retirement, supplemental incomes, and travel.

eBoomersWorld.com - http://www.eBoomersWorld.com
An internet directory related to Baby Boomers. Includes reference, research and health links for this generation, as well as a community forum.

The Bitchin' Boomer - http://hometown.aol.com/palmettoboomer/index.html
Features gripes, groans, ballyhoos, and bellyaches from a boomer in South Carolina with definite opinions on everything.

Boomer Connection - http://www.boomerconnection.com/
Provides singles ads and resources. Includes articles and related links.

Baby Boom Memories - http://www.galaxymall.com/books/babyboommemories
Features a book in the form of a personal journal of growing up a baby boomer by James Murphy. Provides an overview of the book, a brief biography of the author and order information.

4BabyBoomers - http://4babyboomers.4anything.com/
Features a list of sites and articles pertaining to the generation and the history through which Boomers lived. Provides generational issues of the present and future.




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February 2, 2003

Farewell to Allen Ginsberg


His life spanned decades of change, whose writing was an integral part of that change, and who, by the way he lived and the messege he sent, kept us from complacency in both art and life.

Complete text of the New York Times obituary.
Shadow Changes Into Bone is a comprehensive Ginsberg site.


Excerpted from "America" by Allen Ginsberg

America I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956.
I can't stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb
I don't feel good don't bother me.
I won't write my poem till I'm in my right mind.
America when will you be angelic?
When will you take off your clothes?
When will you look at yourself through the grave?
When will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites?
America why are your libraries full of tears?
America when will you send your eggs to India?
I'm sick of your insane demands.
When can I go into the supermarket and buy what I need with my good looks?
America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world.
Your machinery is too much for me...

I'm addressing you.
Are you going to let our emotional life be run by Time Magazine?
I'm obsessed by Time Magazine.
I read it every week.
Its cover stares at me every time I slink past the corner candystore.
I read it in the basement of the Berkeley Public Library.
It's always telling me about responsibility.
Businessmen are serious.
Movie producers are serious.
Everybody's serious but me.
It occurs to me that I am America. I am talking to myself again...

America this is quite serious.
America this is the impression I get from looking in the
television set.
America is this correct?
I'd better get right down to the job.
It's true I don't want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts factories,
I'm nearsighted and psychopathic anyway.
America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.

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Steal This Book

Over 25 years ago Abbie Hoffman published "Steal This Book", subtitled "A Handbook of Survival and Warfare for the Citizens of Woodstock Nation." The Table of Contents included such "relevant" and "useful" topics as lists of communes, hitch-hiking, panhandling, free dope, guerrilla broadcasting, political asylum, and fake ID papers. However, buried in Yippie rhetoric were "the demands for a free society. A community where the technology produces goods and services for whoever needs them, come who may."

The methods were radical, the hopes for the future were not. And--as if foreseeing the world of free information access we are currently just starting to explore, he said, "Freedom of the press belongs to those that own the distribution system. Perhaps that has always been the case, but in a mass society where nearly everyone is instantaneously plugged into a variety of national communication systems, wide-spread dissemination of the information is the crux of the matter." Not so far out and not so far off, Abbie.


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January 6, 2003

"Steal This Book"

cover30+ years ago Abbie Hoffman published "Steal This Book", subtitled "A Handbook of Survival and Warfare for the Citizens of Woodstock Nation." The Table of Contents included such "relevant" and "useful" topics as lists of communes, hitch-hiking, panhandling, free dope, guerrilla broadcasting, political asylum, and fake ID papers. However, buried in Yippie rhetoric were "the demands for a free society. A community where the technology produces goods and services for whoever needs them, come who may."

The methods were radical, the hopes for the future were not. And--as if foreseeing the world of free information access we are currently just starting to explore, he said, "Freedom of the press belongs to those that own the distribution system. Perhaps that has always been the case, but in a mass society where nearly everyone is instantaneously plugged into a variety of national communication systems, wide-spread dissemination of the information is the crux of the matter."

Not so far out and not so far off, Abbie.

Purchase Steal This Book at Amazon.


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