April 29, 2014

Good Morning. The moon is in the seventh house and this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

When “Hair” made its Broadway premiere on April 29, 1968, (a date picked for its astrologically auspicious alignments), the United States was in the midst of cultural, social and political upheaval of mind-blowing proportions.

“Hair” told the story of a tribe of these young people, and their adventures the day before one of them was inducted into the armed forces and shipped off to Vietnam. Their send-off included numerous unforgettable musical numbers, drug references and some highly controversial full-frontal nudity to boot. The Great White Way would never be the same again.
The show’s creators, writers Gerome Ragni and James Rado and composer Galt MacDermot were considered pioneers setting a new standard on Broadway. “Hair” grossed $80 million and ran for an astounding 1,750 performances, so apparently theater audiences were ready for something a little more daring and counter-culture by 1968.

Via This Day in History: April 29th

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 29, 2014 1:46 AM
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"the United States was in the midst of cultural, social and political upheaval of mind-blowing proportions."

The first big drop on the toboggan ride to hell.

Posted by: Fat Man at April 29, 2014 5:05 AM

"Setting a new standard on Broadway."

Talk about damning with faint praise.

What Hair symbolized, more than anything else, was that the latest Youth Movement To End All Youth Movements had been successfully turned into a moneymaker by the ad agencies after an underground run of around 4 years. Its predecessor in the disaffected generation sweepstakes lost all relevance the day Colonel Tom Parker started marketing Elvis like cheap beer, and Rebelling Against Authority™ became a household word.

So much for hip.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at April 29, 2014 6:26 AM

Rob: anything that is popular with a lot of people, I know I damn sure won't like.

Gerard, take notice: as soon as you come out with American Digest" t shirts I'm outta here.

I remember very well where I was on that date. I was twenty-two and a wakeup from discharge from active duty. MY Uncle still had hooks in me and I worked for another four years, especially this one.

1968 was an action year: MLK was killed, Bobby too; Blacks rioting all over the place, shootouts; Whites taking over govt buildings, burning records, bombs going off; Viet Nam coming unraveled; civic unrest was at levels that would make us proud today no matter what side they were on. Democrats and Republicans and Black Panthers and peace activists, all of them had balls and stood up and did something for their beliefs. Action, you dig? Go out there and get bashed up, get bloody, maybe knock some heads, walk your talk.

They did not sit on the couch and whine and blog and drink Starbucks. Or wave misspelled posters around with goofy paint all over their faces.

Now "It's like being in Caligula's Rome. A half breed faggot of dubious provenance on the throne and toadying grifters running the place. You gotta forgive me, I'm not well ... sometimes I think I've seen too much. I wish Putin had grown up in Boise". – Remus And maybe that's what this weak-willed limp-dick society deserves.

All the Boomers, as they are called, scorned and looked down upon, back in the day they stood up and fought for what they wanted. A lot of 'em were wrong but they stood up. Even the Russians and Ukes are doing it right. There is no such thing as a bloodless revolution. Look to our own, they didn't even have Starbucks back then. Guys crossing a frozen river and shooting the shit out of the oppressors, on and on read about what real patriots sacrificed.

What are you doing except writing stinging comments, hoarding beans and bullets, uh? I am part of the inactivity, the shoe fits me too so don't start flaming me. Speak to the subject matter. Put excuses in the left-hand column, positive action responses in the right-hand column. I bet we run out of room in the left one.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 29, 2014 7:54 AM

Fat Man said it right. "The first big drop on the toboggan ride to hell."

America was rejecting its law-abiding heritage and the faith and morals that gave us our wealth, stature, success and respect in the world. It was the first sign that we were and are destined to become a third world nation proudly dictated by pagan charlatans and hippy fools.

Posted by: Denny at April 29, 2014 11:46 AM

Denny: sigh, I suppose you and Fat Man are correct.

You saw what I was doing, right? Trying to stir up a little action. Even the hippy goofballs and the rioting Blacks were doing something. All we got to show is that Bundy guy and that may of backfired. All the freedom patriots are well recorded right down to their shoe size. I don't suppose there will be any storming of the barricades. History has shifted its paradigm; now anything a week old is history and after a year? Ceases to exist. That's the result of a smooth blend of Animal Farm and 1984.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 29, 2014 12:16 PM

Besides the song, played into the ground for years, the only thing that anyone will likely remember is that the audience got to see the performers in the nude. That is the only thing of any attraction for the play. Any other claim of social impact is mere drivel. It pandered to the lowest of instincts and gave new meaning to the idea of the emperor's clothes.

Posted by: Darkwater at April 29, 2014 2:54 PM

Chasmatic,

I believe I do understand what you were saying. Maybe some of us onboard can rig up a steering wheel on the toboggan?

I surely do hope you're right because it's starting to go a mile a minute.

Posted by: Denny at April 29, 2014 3:30 PM

I almost want to say "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" but for Farragut it worked. Victory was gained. I am afraid that we will only adopt that attitude when there is nothing left to lose, almost at the "suddenly ... it's too late" stage.

Woe is me, too much coffee and not enough vicodins, the chemo is kickin' my ass down to the basement. time for me and Fido to go for a walk.

I'll leave you with this grim thought ala Wiki; Only two thousand more years of Aquarius, moan.

Astrologers maintain that an astrological age is a product of the earth's slow precessional rotation and lasts for 2,160 years, on average (1 degree every 72 years. 360 / 12 zodiac signs = 30. 30 * 72 = 2,160). In popular culture in the United States, the Age of Aquarius refers to the advent of the New Age movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 29, 2014 4:21 PM
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