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This is the decade everybody keeps raving about. And well they should, for the '60s saw a cultural revolution in the Western, English-speaking world that has been unmatched since in intensity. While it's popular to romanticize the decade today, it should be noted that at the time, it didn't feel any more special than any other time, and not everything was perfect. We just remember the really great stuff now and forget the rest.

One cannot deny that '60s music exists as a definitive genre in itself. Huge innovations came out at about this time in electronics. This gave us better international communication, so that music trends and styles could cross borders through media and merge with other cultures. It was also a huge boon to music technology itself, with greater innovation in instruments, studios, and recording and playback techniques. So that's another reason the '60s decade is so celebrated now; it was the first decade when media storage became so cheap and ubiquitous that much of it is as fresh now as when it first came out.

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