Let the sun shine!

Amazon Prime added HAIR this weekend. Of course I cried watching it. Thousands of American soldiers died. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese died. And many still live crippled by what our nation did. The United States government still doesn’t own up to Agent Orange, the genetic poison crippling folks in that Asian land.

Politicians in both political parties collaborated for decades until the grassroots revulsion against that war forced an end. And, please, don’t delude yourself into thinking the current scumbag in the White House wouldn’t be greedy enough to buy a bagfull of “patriotic” votes to stay in office – and roll out the profits of another war to fund all the corporate help he could ever wish for.

Watch the clip. Watch the film if you’ve never seen it. If you lived it as I did – shed a tear for the loss of Aquarius and the thousands murdered in the name of The Land of the Free.

6 thoughts on “Let the sun shine!

  1. nicknielsensc says:

    Got to see it on Broadway in late 1971 as part of a school trip. Saw a couple of other musicals, too, but they can’t have been memorable. A couple of us tried to get tickets to “Jesus Christ, Superstar!” and “Oh! Calcutta!”. The first was sold out for months. The second? We were still only 17, darn it!

  2. Infuriatingly hippy grandparent says:

    “The hippies, who had never really believed they were the wave of the future anyway, saw the election results as brutal confirmation of the futility of fighting the establishment on its own terms. There had to be a whole new scene, they said, and the only way to do it was to make the big move — either figuratively or literally — from Berkeley to the Haight-Ashbury, from pragmatism to mysticism, from politics to dope… The thrust is no longer for “change” or “progress” or “revolution,” but merely to escape, to live on the far perimeter of a world that might have been.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, “The Hashbury is the Capital of the Hippies” (May 1967); republished in “Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1: The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time” (1979), pp 392-394

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