Hair

Hair

by James rado Gerome kagni

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ISBN-13: 9780671830717
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 04/02/1979
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 1.00(h) x 6.80(d)

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Hair 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
alaskayo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picking this up nearly randomly for forty-seven or -eight cents at a used book shop after glimpsing through it right quickly and being drawn into the zany-looking chanting of HELL NO WE WON'T GO and WALLA WALLA GOONA GOONA, things appealing to the naïve counter culture novitiate, already a fan of Kesey and Pynchon and other iconic literary figures of the sixties and seventies, I come away--the only way I can--slightly or more than slightly disappointed, but to the extent that this is, as the title suggests, a ****ing musical (reminder: naïve; novitiate), which in no way can be the most fun thing to experience in written form, especially when I as a reader am incapable of picking up on the rhythm of the twenty-five-page-long songs that pop up after every five pages of dialogue as printed in size twenty-seven or thereabouts font, and only consist of six lines repeated over and over (i.e. HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA/KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE/HARE RAMA HARE RAMA/RAMA RAMA HARE HARE/LOVE LOVE/LOVE LOVE/LOVE LOVE/LOVE LOVE/DROP OUT/DROP OUT/DROP OUT/DROP OUT/BE IN/BE IN/BE IN/BE IN/HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA/KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE/HARE RAMA HARE RAMA/RAMA RAMA HARE HARE/BEADS FLOWERS FREEDOM HAPPINESS/BEADS FLOWERS FREEDOM HAPPINESS...&c., &c., &c., as quoted from pages one hundred and seven to one hundred and eight) with hardly a story to act as background to the thirty-plus pages of dialogue: Something about a bunch of hippies who burn their draft cards and reject the war (except one of, who goes off and dies, apparently--something I missed in all the singing) after having a healthy amount of sex, with some pseudo-drama and -characterization thrown in the form of every hippie loving the wrong person and some glimpses of the recent past, including a dramatic lack of a high school education, of one character. I imagine this musical-play is something wild to witness, and I would love to see it sometime, but I can't really recommend that others pick up the book and skim through a bunch of musical numbers, including the famed "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" (AKA "The Age Of Aquarius"), the origin of which was a great pleasure to learn (I had no idea before picking this book up, nor did I even have a clue after I finished it [reminder: skim]).Final Verdict: 55%[29 other copies @ review time]