This. I owe my parents and grandparents a great debt of gratitude for contributing to my musical tastes as a kid. From my father I developed an early taste for classical, esp. Mozart, although I also remember wearing out at least 2 (maybe 3) copies of Bizet’s “Carmen”. My grandfather, who was a pianist, arranger and band leader was constantly playing Scott Joplin rags, Fats Waller stride tunes, Teddy Wilson, Duke Ellington, etc. And my Mother had the foresight to make sure she had decent selection of Elvis, Beatles, and Beach Boys vinyl on hand and introduced them to me early (I also wore out the Beatles Red and Blue albums at least once).
The whole idea of of calcified generational tastes is alien to me. Granted, my parents never got the whole punk music thing but my mother, at least, could appreciate the DIY aesthetic and political activism of groups like The Dead Kennedys, even if she hated the actual music.
Nowadays, the generational divide has nothing to do with music. The fragmentation of mass media and easy downloadability of music ensures that anybody, anywhere can listen to anything anytime they want. Kids can sample from the best of the best from any era, anywhere in the world. It’s the universal jukebox and it’s a VERY GOOD THING.
But this highlights the true generational divide, today. The internet. Kids growing up today have the world at their fingertips and instant communication at all times. This is the real revolution and it’s effects are still shaking out.
Compared to this, music is child’s play.