I Wanna Be Sedated: Pop Music in the Seventies


184 pages
ISBN 0-920151-16-7
DDC 782.42164






Illustrations by Dave Prothero
Reviewed by Jack S. Broumpton

Jack Broumpton is a music professor at the University of Wisconsin’s
Indianhead Arts Centre in Shell Lake.


This is an informal, tongue-in-cheek history of the pop music scene of
the 1970s—a period when popular music was radically transformed by the
influences of commercialization and by the emergence of the music
concert as spectacle.

The book is divided into 29 short and frequently irreverent chapters,
which cover just about every possible genre that gained popularity in
the 1970s. A partial list would include classic rock, early seventies
black pop, glam, and punk rock. There are interesting diversions into
such topics as the music merchandising exploits of K-Tel Records, and
Dellio and Woods provide a credible outline of the development of heavy
metal, highlighting recordings and performers from the United States,
Britain, and Australia. For those with an active interest in 1970s pop
music, the authors have produced a very entertaining adventure.


Dellio, Phil., “I Wanna Be Sedated: Pop Music in the Seventies,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 30, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/13778.