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Jon Savage: 1966 – The Year the Decade Exploded

Bob Stanley, The Guardian, 20 November 2015

THE POP MUSIC you hear in your teenage years affects you more deeply than at any other time in your life. People who don't go on to develop an obsession with pop may pine for the hits of an objectively bad year for music – say, 1960, 1975 or 1997 – because of the power of associated memories. But 1966 is different. Almost no one would dispute that it was one of pop's greatest years, whether they lived through it or not; it was the fulcrum of the decade that created the most upheaval and innovation.

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