In my last post, I asserted that Bono is the John Lennon of the early- to mid-Gen X, and suggested that Kurt Cobain was sort of the late-Xer analogue. Nobody put up much of an argument about that, and it got me to thinking about how ungodly shallow music culture has gotten lately. So I’m wondering – who is the Lennon/Bono/Cobain of the Millennials? Who represents the kind of authentic depth and substance for this generation – the leading edge of which is currently in its mid-20s – that those other luminaries did for theirs?
If we don’t have a good answer, does that mean it’s just too early to tell yet, or does it possibly mean that music culture has been so eroded and devalued that there’s no possibility of someone like Lennon emerging from these conditions?