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BIG HAIR AND PLASTIC GRASS Finale on THE FREAK POWER TICKET (Monday, October 7): Interview with Author Dan Epstein & Music Inspired by 1970s Baseball Book

Big Hair & Plastic Grass - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Big Hair & Plastic Grass – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” welcomes back special guest Dan Epstein.

The author of the lively cultural history, Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s (Thomas Dunne Books) and a contributor to Rolling Stone and other music publications, was interviewed in April by producer/host Ted Coe, at the start of the 2013 baseball season. This, the final segment of that three-part conversation, airs during today’s broadcast.

Big Hair and Plastic Grass focuses on how the clean-cut public image of our “National Pastime” was recreated by the social and cultural forces of a particularly flamboyant era.

During the hourlong program, Epstein recounts more important, fascinating, and humorous stories:

• How “America’s sport” learned to stop worrying and enjoy the wonderfully funky flavors of the times;

• Reflections on baseball-movie classics, especially during the American Bicentennial year of 1976, such as The Bad News Bears and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings;

• His historical-research methods;

• Post-Me Generation expressions of individuality in Major League Baseball, and;

• An incident of accidental marijuana cultivation at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, “The Big A.”

Dan Epstein Photo: Courtesy of the Author

Dan Epstein Photo: Courtesy of the Author

Coe will likewise recount the story of — and read a passage from Big Hair and Plastic Grass that describes — the White Sox’s infamous “Disco Demolition Night” promotion of 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

He will also share: period- and novelty-music reflecting the times; film trailers; and additional commentary.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Fall from 11am-12noon.

 

Podcasts of Part One and Part Two are available below:

“The Freak Power Ticket”‘s Special Big Hair and Plastic Grass Podcast #1: CLICK HERE.

“The Freak Power Ticket”‘s Special Big Hair and Plastic Grass Podcast #2: CLICK HERE.