What Nerys Myk
said upthread bears repeating. The late '70s and early '80s were great musically.
Rock was in one of its reinvention phases. Punk was king and New Wave was, well, new. I loved that period. Before that, I was totally bored with rock 'n' roll and had basically given up. I was listening to acoustic music like The David Grisman Quintet. Then I heard The Police and The Clash. What the fuck is this?
My world was changed. I cut my hair very short, started wearing white shirts and thin black ties and learned to pogo. The late '70s/early '80s were a great time to be a rock fan.