This was the dawning

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.


  1. Kim »

    30 December 2012 · 7:40 pm

    I remember Hair as some Hollywoodized sort of thing that had nothing to do with what I was personally involved with, being a 1952 baby boomer and in college in 1970-1974. I thought it was probably a sanitized version of what whatever “hippies” were around thought was de rigueur at the time. Sort of like the Cowsills as you mentioned. The actual activists were the Bill Ayers sorts. That bombed and such. And survived to write memoirs. SDS, Weathermen, and all, Manson, you know. The romantic sorts.

  2. McGehee »

    30 December 2012 · 8:19 pm

    Wait — “Hair” was a musical? I thought it was just a song. At least, I did back when the soundtrack must have come out.

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