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Precious and Few: Pop Music of the Early '70s
Here is a lively and nostalgic look back at the forgotten era that gave us "Hooked on a Feeling", "Dancing in the Moonlight", "I Am Woman", "Seasons in the Sun", and more. The early '70s brought a "Convoy" of popular music--everything from the cheesy to the classic. The authors, true-blue '70s fanatics, have put together this irresistably readable book to transport readers ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin
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By far the best book I have read about the AM hit singles of the early 70's that I grew up on. From "Don't Pull Your Love" to "American Pie" to "Family of Man" to "Billy Don't Be A Hero", the pop charts were full of riches. In 1972 you could hear "School's Out" back to back with "Sealed With A Kiss", "Long Cool Woman", "Down By The Lazy River" and "Backstabbers" and that's how it was. Music was mixed together, things weren't grouped into genres as much as they later did. Breithaupt knows that er ...more
I really disliked this book. It was supposed to be a celebration of the music of the early 70s, but the overall tone was snarky and snide.The authors seemingly didn't believe in their own conceit. Full of dubious opinions (they dismiss most of Lennon's solo work, but praised a handful of songs, including the tedious "Whatever Gets You Through The Night," but omits any mention of the towering "Instant Karma" or "Cold Turkey." ON the same page they casually refer to Lennon as the "eldest Beatle" - ...more