Boomers: Essential Albums, Books and Movies

Boomers: Essential Albums, Books and Movies

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Noted humorist and political reporter P.J. O’Rourke writes about baby boomers in the January issue of AARP The Magazine. Check it out.

How the Baby Boomers Saved Everything by P.J. O’Rourke – AARP

The story was accompanied by Top Ten Essential Boomer lists of albums, books and movies (no TV shows?)

10 Essential Boomer Albums (By Nelson George)

  • Bob Dylan — Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  • The Beatles — Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • Marvin Gaye — What’s Goin’ On (1973)
  • Carole King — Tapestry (1971)
  • Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  • The Rolling Stones — Exile On Main Street (1972)
  • Steve Wonder — Innervisions (1973)
  • Eagles — Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers — Exodus (1977)
  • Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)
  • Honorable mention: Donna Summer — Love To Love You Baby (1975)

10 Essential Boomer Books (By Erica Jong)

  • The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy (1961)
  • Couples by John Updike (1968)
  • Whole Earth Catalog by Stewart Brand (1968)
  • Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth (1969)
  • Sisterhood Is Powerful by Robin Morgan (1970)
  • The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer (1970)
  • Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe (1971)
  • Honorable Mention: Fear of Flying by Erica Jong (1973)

10 Essential Movies (By Oliver Stone)

  • The Graduate (1967)
  • Easy Rider (1969)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • The Godfather (1972)/The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • All The President’s Men (1976)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Apocalypse (1979)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  • Reds (1981)

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