Music is constructed for and driven by the age range: fifteen-to-twenty-five-year-olds are more likely to buy albums, concert tickets , and merchandise because, for them, musical icons often become part of their way of happening or expressing who they are or who they want to be. Sociologist say people aged fifteen to twenty-five are in action identity formation mode, as opposed to the thirty-somethings, who have a stronger sense of self and look to popular culture far less to help express and shape themselves.
Cultural icons also aid peer bonding among teens and emerging adults (people in their early and mid-twenties). Part of why we like certain artist is that we like the other people who like them, we enjoy being associated with or attached to those people, we want to be in a tribe with them. After thirty, that social transaction is less valuable, largely because the most important tribe for that point becomes the family and/or work community. Of course, that doesn’t mean that all people over thirty shun popular music, they certainly don’t, but the majority of Prince’s audience during his commercial and cultural peak were Gen Xers, for whom he was like a knowing big brother helping them define who they want to be in the world."
Toure, I Would Die 4 U, Pg. 14
This is a excerpt I read from Toure’s book about Prince’s influence on pop culture. I found this very interesting, especially since I’m nearing 30, and have found myself not as familiar with what’s going on in pop culture, like I did 10 years ago. I started to notice this shift maybe around my mid 20s, and in some ways I could blame it on how shitty music has gotten, but then I find myself not familiar with what’s on TV or going on with celebrities. I’d say I’m not as bad as my peers close to my age and older, they’re always asking me how I know things, and I’m like I don’t know, I saw it online lol. I do see that as I’ve gotten older my focus has changed, where it’s less about those things, and more about whats important…. awe that sounds crazy to say that.
I do remember being a teen and in my early to mid 20s being at every concert/show I could possibly go to, and even spending a lot on the artist music and merchandise. I still go to shows, and will at least buy a t-shirt or CD/Vinyl, but I found I don’t go to as many shows as I use to…(via piecesofablackman)