I've often wondered about this, are the greatest pieces of music created as a response to the dark times that the artist has gone through? Is that the required catalyst needed for an artist to create their masterpiece? Some of the greatest jazz records were created by black artists in the 50's, an era where racism was at its height. Marvin Gaye's masterpiece What's Going On was a direct response to police brutality, the war in Vietnam, the state of Detroit and his own drug addiction. Tons of other great albums were also created out of an anti-war sentiment brewing through the world. Krautrock was created in Germany after the second world war where the youth felt like they needed music of their own since their culture had been destroyed by years of war and turmoil. On top of that, many artists have created their best work when faced with personal tragedy like the loss of a loved one.