One of my goals when I started this blog was to provide a venue for the robust Generation X conversation, which too many Xers were unaware even existed. I post numerous links on this site every week, and never cease to be amazed at the variety of content out there. I’m also surprised by the growing identification Xers have with Generation X. I think this is related in part to the subsequent generation names of Y and Z and X losing the pejorative.
KGBA, the University of Montana’s radio station, has a show called Generation X, which covers punk music. Its host is Randy Katen, a Gen X skateboarding legend. Here is Katen in his own words:
Hat tip: Earth Patrol
I was born and razed in Sacramento California. My love of music started out when I was 10 or so with Janis, Jimmy and all the 70 greats. However, I never played along with the masses and thought that popular was good in any aspect. I was the upstart, the rebel, the Skateboarder, the Snowboarder so when this ( X ) generation of bored teenagers took flight I was part of the flock. Being a professional skateboarder and skating in San Francisco and the Bay area almost all the time from 79-84 put in me the western hub of the new wave, punk, alternative music seen, and I was lucky enough to see a lot of bands on their (sometimes) one and only U.S. tour. I will fill you in on some History of Bands and you will here some Interviews with some of the greats of the music. Listen to my show and hear music that is fast and energizing! Be careful. If you play it in your car you will get a speeding ticket!
Photo is of Katen courtesy KGBA.