How the Cult Classic “Hair” Defined a Generation

From environmentalism to the situation in Vietnam, there was hardly a controversial topic that the 1979 film “Hair” didn’t touch upon. Adapted from the 1968 Broadway play, “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” the film is a period piece that explores many of the topics that made the hippie subculture so powerful at the time.


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Set mainly in New York’s Central Park during the 1960s, the film follows Claude, a small-town guy, who ends up meeting a group of hippies on his way to enlist in the US Army. The play and film are both a cult favorite, and many songs from the production have become famous in their own right.

This is the story about how the rock musical “Hair” defined a generation.