Yeah I get that but it’s impossible to know how massive the impact on society, on people the truly groundbreaking sounds of the times had in the context of the 60s, without having been there. Not to know but to know what it was like. All the better in some ways to be able to do it as an onlooker like the scientist in the Time Machine because I wouldn’t have wanted to have actually lived through that time. Just to have observed some of it, as it happened.
In later years the impact of the latest new sounds of the top artists of the time became ever more diluted and less important. In the 60s it all came together in a context, a combination of factors, that won’t be repeated til another empire (like the West, Europe and the USA back then) has a similar set of circumstances including an explosion of musical creativity and culture, at a given moment.
A very good representation or glimpse of some of that context(from a particularly peculiar angle) is in the TV series The Crown, in the episodes that cover the early 60s. It hasn’t yet covered The Beatles etc, I can’t wait to see what they do with it.
I think 62-63 must go down as the greatest moments of cultural change in Britain, the USA, and the western world overall, since the advent of the Industrial Revolution or before. Nothing has been remotely the same since that period of about 18 months. The change from before til after was and continued to be like night and day.