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Aug. 8th, 2008 | 08:42 am

Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow by Michael Musto


My comment to Daily Musto at villagevoice.com:


I saw the movie 3-4 times when it came out in 1979 as an impressionable 17 year old and have listened to the music since then. It powerfully opened my 17 year old eyes wide, wide, wide to two defining American hypocrisies: 1. Racial Inequality and 2. Official Government Lying to the People. I was profoundly hurt and ended up dealing with this new found knowledge by getting high on "you know what" for the next 9 years. After various breakdowns, recovery and parenthood I found myself last night sitting in the Delacorte Theatre with my 14 year old daughter seeing the actual stage show of Hair for the first time.

From the first "When the moon is in the 7th House ..." to the last "Let the sunshine in" I relived all the "new told lies" I've experienced over the years. I hope that somehow I can help the present young generation deal with the question: "How can they try to end this beauty?". Maybe because of Hair, there are a few less of "they" and a few more of the tribe.

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date: Aug. 25th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
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You took me to see Hair for the first time and I, too, was profoundly moved. Thank you for that exposure. Perhaps surprisingly, Hair reinforced my faith on things outside government, helping me to more effectively give to Ceasar what was Ceasar's and keep the important allegiances somewhere else.

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