Cobb watches the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical so you don’t have to:
I cannot help but think that Hair signals the premise of the Age of Aquarius, completely and fully realized in youth culture and alternative culture in America. But there is absolutely no question in my mind that this rebellion occurred within the context of a privileged and spoiled social context, for blacks as much as for whites. All everyone wanted to do was stick their noses up at the wealthy, while appropriating their wealth whenever it seemed convenient to them.
Which is now, of course, a matter of public policy.
I remain a fan of Hair — I bought both original-cast albums, Broadway and off-, and yes, even the semi-sanitized Cowsills single — but at no time did I ever see it as a call to action.