Precious and Few: Pop Music of the Early ’70s
A lively look back at the era that gave us “Hooked on a Feeling”, “Dancing in the Moonlight”, “I Am Woman”, “Seasons in the Sun”, and more. The authors, true-blue ’70s fanatics, have lovingly crafted a creatively categorized overview of the pop music that drifted from countless transistor radios 40+ years ago.
Written by Canadian brothers, Don and Jeff Breithaupt (who’ve both maintained thriving, but somewhat under the radar music careers) and published in 1996, “Precious and Few: Pop Music of the Early ’70s” is an insightful look at at era of pop that never gets enough credit.
Via themed chapters, the brothers explore several sub-genres, touching on obvious classics as well as some wonderful obscurities. Much more than just a simple guide, there’s some real analysis and understanding in these pages, along with an obvious love for AM gold.
The early seventies pop landscape was a real mixed bag, a musical flea market of goofiness, smooth charm and the odd hard edge. This book is likely the best available documentation of that scene.