Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum
Just stretch it out to 1964 thru 1976, and amount of creative breakthroughs that came out of that time - in pop, rock, prog, jazz and fusion - will never come close to being repeated in anyone's lifetime.
DED, I was tempted to quote this on the "Are drummers crazy" thread. Your stretching of a decade is almost as wild and rebellious as ToddMc's intransigence!
I agree that the creativity, which I guess spreads from the late 50s to the late 70s was rare and maybe unique. People were so into music back then. They'd buy records, soak up the images and info on the covers, turn off the lights and devote time purely to listening. The musicians were meanwhile trying to extend and expand themselves as musicians (and as human beings, usually) and they stretched the boundaries of whatever genres they played.
People are just not that into music now, and they haven't been for a long time. They still like it, but not to give it 100% attention, which they reserve for more interactive pastimes.