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MICHAEL WELLER
Hair


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Fotonovel, Los Angeles, 1979
(price: 1.50)


The blurb on the back:

"HAIR" let's [sic] the sunshine in as it looks back on the turbulence of the 1960's with warmth, humor, music and fun!
Now the "HAIR" Fotonovel brings each moment of the film alive again with:
* Over 350 beautiful full-color pictures directly from the film!
* Complete dialogue!
* Lyrics to "HAIR's" exciting songs - some of the most popular music ever!


The songs in Ragni, Rado and MacDermot's musical Hair are fantastic. I'm really not prepared to tolerate any other opinion on this question. Hair was one of the great musicals. And the original London cast recording was a great record, featuring the singing of Oliver Tobias, Paul Nicholas and Marsha Hunt and the guitar-playing of Alex Harvey - search this out and be blown away by its beauty.

Unfortunately that was all in the late-1960s. By the time Milos Foreman came to make his movie of the show, it was 1979 and even in America, punk had made some kind of difference to the rock landscape. The music and attitudes of Hair simply didn't work and, despite the gorgeous Treat Williams and his endearing smile, the film just never clicked. The rearrangements of the music to allow for the occasional quasi-disco feel didn't work either.

Nonetheless, here's the photo-novel. Don't know what you're going to do with it, but here it is...

Treat Williams
Treat Williams as Berger


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the soundtrack album

ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


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