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One difference in the 1950s and 60s was that "Roll over Beethoven" could humourously express a "social revolution". Rejecting or strongly disliking Classical Music was a statement against the bourgeois establishment of one's parents. Nowadays classical music doesn't matter enough that any profile could be established by "hating" it.
 

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Virtually all the "worker's movements" in the first half of the 20th century were very much in favor of expanding bourgeois culture to the underprivileged classes. This was the case both in the West and later in the Eastern socialist countries. My hypothesis is that a combination of factors changed this in the last 50 years. Cutting back general musical education, a huge expansion of mass media powered popular culture, arrogance of a subset of highbrow culture producers who reduced or cut "middlebrow" stuff like operetta and alienated a part of the audience with provocative stagings of classics (because if you do a naive cozy/spooky Freischütz or an "affirmative" Meistersinger, you are Riefenstahl or worse...). And, probably not least a considerable part of both academia and broadly speaking leftists enthusiastically embracing counterculture (regardless of its instant commercialization) and denigrating traditional high culture.
Until the middle of the 20th century the feedback looped worked to bring more people, especially the economically upwardly mobile into contact and appreciation of high culture which in turn strengthened its status. As soon as high culture becomes mostly irrelevant and no longer accompanies socio-economic high status as it used to, the feedback works in the opposite direction. High culture becomes a niche for nerds and freaks and some staid remnants of the bourgeois culture of decades ago.
 
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