Do you all agree when Prince said the 60s, 70s and 80s were the golden ages of music?

So I came across this interview today and it dates back to 2011. Prince felt the 60s-80s were the golden ages of music when artists played their instruments, wrote their own songs and actually had to perform (those were his reasons).

I posted it and if you watch from 7:40 you’ll see what I mean.

What do you all think?
"I think it was the Beatles press officer Derek Taylor who once said that June 1st 1967, the release of Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club, may well have the high water mark of not only popular music, but western civilization itself."

Absurdly O.T.T. statement but what else would you expect, coming from a P. R. guy? 

S. Pepper's has got to be one of the most overrated albums in history, in terms of the quality of the actual songs.  

I couldn't agree more @stuartk. The album's cultural significance is one thing, it's music quite another. Reminds me of how Atlantic Records' President Ahmet Ertegun characterized Cream's Disraeli Gears album when he heard the tapes: "Psychedelic horsesh*t".

Rubber Soul is a much better album, as is Revolver and the s/t white album. As are The Band's first (1968) and second (1969) albums, but you already know that. ;-)
Sgt. Peppers is in fact an excellent album and may be the most consequential album of the sixties if not for decades thereafter. But for me, the American version of Rubber Soul was the album that did not have one bad note. My personal favorite.
Adding my 2 cents on the topic (which is about what it’s worth), there are studies that show that the music people listen to in adolescence has the strongest pull for them. So it makes sense for us to see these kind of opinions.
I sometimes joke with people there hasn’t been a decent piece of music composed in the last 80 years! ( mostly for their reaction).

But I think the technology of auto tune/midi editing/protools has to be brought into any discussion of the evolution of music.

You literally need no vocal ability or training to sing anymore. The craft of musicianship is no longer required to make “music.” No timing is needed either as you can just snap a performance to the midi grid, or take that one bar performed well and just copied and pasted into the rest of the composition.  Perhaps we’re in an era of a new form of art/poetry. It takes the form of musical expression, but it certainly bears little resemblance to the Coltrane I’m currently listening to.
Back in its heyday, I was no fan of disco. I liked dance for sure, funk, a lot of the stuff Talking heads was doing, etc. Today I can appreciate the disco era as it had real musicianship behind it (the session players often having a jazz background).

There are studies that show children growing up listening to complex music have better math and language skills. Of course it could be due to better educated parents exposing kids to more complex music, so who knows.
But I really feel that different minds crave repetitive music or familiar vs. more complex or perhaps unfamiliar music. As I age I definitely can’t listen to much in 4/4 time for long. I crave complexity and challenge, be it some unfamiliar classical or opera while driving, some new avant- gardi-ish jazz (I recently discovered Ben Goldberg) or unearthed Zappa shows.

At Grateful Dead shows, I noticed a similarity to what I hear in Temple. The same songs people hear and sing to over and over again. It’s comforting, it’s a ritual, and I get it.
The human brain developed to rely on echolalia, as a way of learning language, but that same process gets musical patterns stuck in our reverberatory memory. Ever had that crap ad jingle stuck in your head? Well I feel all music works the same way for most. You hear something a bunch of times and it just sticks. Combine that with biological development and peer pressure/preference, and boom, we have our musical tastes formed.
This is probably not the case for many reading this forum. We are the oddballs of society that place a massive premium on making music the focus, not just a narration for our activities. I believe the audiophile brain has its reward system more wired into the auditory center than most, hence our musical appetite will tend to be broader than most.
Finally I like to point out one of favorite newer artists (though not so new anymore) doing exemplary work in the pop arena. Regina Spektor. She grew up listening to classical and jazz in Russia and that’s why her pop music (or at least her early stuff) was so good. What kind of music might one make growing up listening to the likes of a Kanye, the latest corporate rocker or pop songs with the complexity of a nursery rhyme meant for young children?
As far as Prince, I had seen him live a few times and am partial to his album Sign of the Times, which I consider to be a cohesive artistic statement.

@emailists  +1, Agree with everything with exception of my mind can crave both the familiar and repetitive, and the complex and new within a singular listening session. In fact I suspect every listening session meanders in this way.
Nostalgia likely correlates greatly with favored music, new experiences allied to adolescence creates powerful emotional responses that stick with us for life. I retained strong attachment to music of my adolescence for many years, still, always open minded to new forms of music my entire life. Finally, there came a point when I intellectually analyzed this attachment to music of my youth, ever since then I've been less nostalgic about that music. Funny, but now I hear music from that time with new ears/mind, listening to the music rather than the memory.