Toure

Toure is a writer and TV personality who focuses on cultural issues. He writes for the NY Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Nation, Time, Ebony, Vogue, and Playboy. He wrote Rolling Stone cover stories on Jay-Z, Beyonce, Eminem, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, and Adele. He has written six bestselling books. He was host of The Cycle on MSNBC, and was CNN’s first on-air Pop Culture correspondent.

Toure on Gen Jones:
Toure wrote extensively about Generation Jones in his bestselling biography of Prince. Since then, he has brought up Gen Jones many times, including to his over 200,000 Twitter followers, like here, for example: “Yes “Generation Jones” is used to speak about people born around the cusp of the Boomers and Gen X and yes being born in 1963 will give you a different relationship to all this than being born in 1949 but Boomers are the largest gen ever and that has a huge impact on the Boomers.”

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Laura Miller

Laura Miller co-founded Salon.com and worked there as an editor and staff writer for 20 years. She is the editor of the modern classic The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors. Her work has also appeared in many other influential publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the Guardian.

Laura Miller on Gen Jones :
In her November 13, 2022 column in Slate, she wrote that the musician Prince had transformed “into a purple Rorschach blot for the late boomer/early Gen X cohort sometimes known as Generation Jones. These were people who came into their young adulthood in the mid-1980s, a time when prancing around in lingerie and a brocade bolero jacket with your hair teased up into an oversize pompadour was all the rage. Prince, one of the few people who could carry off this look, preached an orgiastic abandon in opposition to the staid “family values” of the Reagan-era establishment.”

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Daniel Weizmann

Daniel Weizmann is a critically-acclaimed journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites, including the LA Times, Billboard, AP Newswire, Music Connection, among many others. He also writes bestselling books, including: 1967: A Complete History of the Summer of Love,  Turn Up the Radio, Drinking with Bukowski, and Cybershock. He was also the editor of Timothy Leary’s final collection of essays.

Daniel Weizmann on Gen Jones:
Daniel co-wrote a long (12,000 word) widely-read in-depth essay in April 2021 looking at the history of punk music. He included the seminal role of Generation Jones in this history: “Cultural historian Jonathan Pontell posits that there is a middle generation between Boomers and Gen Xers which he calls Generation Jones, people born between 1957 and 1964…Gen-Jones came of age during the mass unemployment of the 1970s and “jonesed” for the “the prosperous days of freedom their elder siblings enjoyed; days before the collapse of American industries…Punks are like the hippies of the ‘70s and ‘80s. It’s the same thing. It’s a rebellion… “Kids of the Black Hole”—written and performed by solid Gen-Jonesers—doubles down on this cutting sense of aftermath, the end of Bohemian hopes that percolated with the Beats and culminated in the Woodstock Nation before going sour. It’s a masterpiece, from a scene seldom considered for its artistic value. As bassist Soto put it in the 2012 documentary Clockwork Orange County, “So much history is painted of the violence and slam dancing and people getting hurt and people worming on glass and all that stuff. A lot of that stuff did happen, but there was guys in bands writing songs that still hold up today.”

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