One of the most culturally radical — and financially successful — stage productions of the 1960s was the rock musical “Hair.” The production featured a memorable rock music score, but with entirely forgettable acting save for one thing — full nudity by some of the actors.
“Hair, the Musical” may be gone, but some folks in San Francisco have resurrected the production; this time not as a musical but as a comedy. A non-profit group from the City by the Bay is engaged in a drive to collect clippings of real hair (from humans and pets), stuffed into pantyhose, and tied into long, sausage-like “booms.” The proponents of these lengthy “hair sausages” have proposed to make them available to sop up the vast oil field creeping toward beaches along the Gulf Coast as a result of last month’s off-shore oil rig explosion. The San Francisco hair producer has been joined by at least one colleague in the Florida panhandle.
None of the authorities actually responsible for handling the clean up effort have taken these hair experts up on their offer to make use of these hirsute booms in the massive clean up effort. In fact the would-be helpers have been told in no uncertain terms that their contraptions are “not helpful to the responsive effort.” The US Postal Service has complained that masses of hair being sent through the mails for this nonsensical effort are burdening the service and interferring with legitimate operations.
None of this appears to dampen the enthusiasm of the erstwhile hippies intent on bringing “hair power” to an ecological problem far more in need of real, state-of-the-art technology than a feel-good throwback to the hippie era of “Hair.” But it does make for a diverting news story.