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April 7, 1969
The Guardian
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio

Lately there seems to be a resurgence of a type of record that can best be described as "social commentary." This type is best exemplified by Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance" and the Cowsills' "Hair." I am not knocking either of these find artistes for any individual faults, although the advisability of having your mother sings with you in a "rock" group is debatable at best. I merely would like to comment on their material.

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My objection to the Cowsills is of a slightly different sort. The song "Hair" was written as a satire and should be performed as such. The Cowsills have taken upon themselves the "Godly" take of ridding the world of long haired perverts (pronounced "preverts").

The whole tone of their song is one of insult. Maybe I'm just a little sensitive, but the idea of the Cowsills doing that song repels me. If the Grateful Dead, Country Joe, or some such type group had recorded the song, I wouldn't care. But the Cowsills doing "Hair" is about as incongruous as H. Rap Brown whistling "Dixie."

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