Monday, July 30, 2007

Why my generation is all fucked up.

Or maybe this is just why I'm all fucked up when it comes to icons, legends, and heroes. All of mine died.

JFK? Way cool guy, I was 6 years old in first grade and told to take off my "If I Were 21 I'd Vote For Kennedy" button. Shot dead in 1963. Jimi Hendrix? An amazing individual. Dead in 1970. Janis Joplin? Just getting her shit back together when she died in 1970. Jim Morrison? I idolized him, and he died in 1971. Was I a big Elvis fan? No, but he was an icon for my generation. Dead in 1977. John Lennon? I changed my sense of humor when I saw him on the Mike Douglas Show for a week. Assasinated, a pop singer assassinated, in 1980.

You can say that lots of these celebrities killed themselves with drugs and alcohol, and that's true. I'm just saying that growing up, I didn't have much to hang on to. So maybe that makes me a little less attached to heroes. All I can tell you is that it was a strange time and things have never been like that before or since.


Dani said...

I have to confess, I read this post because of the picture of Death.

Shocho said...

Whee! I call her Dee Dee. She's terrific.

Dani said...

Apparently Gaiman has been trying to get a movie made starring dear Dee Dee for several years now, and has not succeeded...I sure hope he does some day, she's a great character.