Here’s a graph I’m pretty sure is correct. Have you noticed how people get creative when things are bad? Try and observe it.
Look at music. The best songs are written on a broken heart, or by people with serious drug problems. Or both. I’m a big fan of Amy Winehouse. Her songs were about tough times with lovers and drugs – that made up for some of the best music made this century. Alanis Morissete is another example. Her album “Jagged Little Pill” was a huge hit in the 90’s – I still know most of the lyrics by heart. You can tell she was having a lot of guy trouble in those days. Her music wasn’t as successful after she found herself on a trip to India and became more centered, I would argue.
The best Brazilian music ever created, in my opinion, was composed during the military dictatorship in the 70’s. It talked about freedom and fighting the system. There was never again such a magical span of time in Brazilian music. read more