The Baby Boomers started a revolution when they threw off the oppressive values of the Sixties. They started a revolution, but never finished it. Although the accomplishments of this generation in ecology and civil rights improved the world for many, the Boomers were never able to follow that up with any kind of philosophy or value system to replace the Judeo-Christian, capitalist value system that they tore down. Along comes Generation X and its spokesman, Kurt Cobain. Living in a world trashed by the nonvalue values of hippie-yuppie parents who ignored their children while trying to "find themselves" with drugs, free love, and later, mindless materialism. Parents who left them little chance for more than temporary or part-time McJobs and a bill for Baby Boomer-created social programs and S&L ripoffs.

Left without values or coping mechanisms that his Baby Boomer parents didn't have time to teach, feeling guilty for being financially successful in a generation fighting for financial solvency, Cobain screams out in pain. Searching for something to soothe that pain, he reaches for the one thing that his Woodstock parents taught him was the cure for emptiness: mind-altering drugs. Not finding the solution even there, he follows the example of his artistic forebears, Morrison, Joplin and Hendrix. He puts the shotgun to his head and finds nirvana in self-destruction. As much as the Baby Boomers want to deny it, the children of Generation X are the ones they ignored. Every Generation X suicide is an indictment against the mush-mindedness of the Boomers, and the self-destruction of Kurt Cobain is an indictment against the failed philosophies of the Boomer Generation.

Steven Hensley

The Adventure's Over
Michael Roberts's April 13 Feedback comments about KTCL playing Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok" prompted me to write. Count me among the legions of ex-KTCL fans who have, in just a few short years, seen the station go from being a really well-rounded independent station to what it is today--a pretentious, overhyped mouthpiece for the new corporate rock, i.e., the major record companies' version of alternative artists and even radio formats. How ironic that "The Adventure," an allegedly alternative station, is dominated by music firmly rooted in the mainstream.

Ten years ago artists like the B-52s and REM might have fit the alternative bill, but today they are anything but. Alternative has become just another marketing term abused by corporate America, and stations like KTCL have swallowed the ploy hook, line and sinker. The result is standardized, repetitive radio in which most artists sound like clones of each other while the really cool music doesn't get any airplay. Suffice it to say that the only thing that matters today at KTCL is the almighty buck.

So, to the stuffed shirts who program the music at KTCL, I say: How about showing a little independence from your corporate underwriters and playing some real alternative music? Perhaps a good start would be anything that's not on a major label and doesn't sound like Pearl Jam or New Order. And do us a favor and can the "Adventure" crap. Calling KTCL adventurous is like calling George Burns a young man.

Mark Andrews

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