Hair is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical of the same name about a Vietnam War draftee who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. The hippies introduce him to their environment of cannabis, LSD, unorthodox relationships and draft dodging.
I was a sophomore in high school, and working on my school, newspaper when the movie came out. I wrote a review for the paper, which I have around here somewhere and may add later, if I feel like it.
My father, who had seen the musical onstage with the original cast, had the music on reel to reel tape, and it was a regular request in our house.
When the movie came out, I was excited to see it for the first time. (Nudity wasn’t a thing for kids then or now, really.)
Until this scene came onscreen, I was all about listening to the music and seeing how it played out in real life.
Now, here’s the thing. Dad used to take us to airshows when we were kids. We would see the old WWII planes as well as more modern military craft. After the movie, I wouldn’t go near the C-130s. I couldn’t shake this scene, no matter what I tried.
It is virtually impossible for me to see these airplanes and not see Arlington National Cemetery on the other side.
This song has popped onto my Pandora feed a couple of times since I added HAIR to the playlist for my Modern Musicals channel.
Today, I’m sharing this with you.