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BIG HAIR AND PLASTIC GRASS / 1970s Baseball Book Finale (PODCAST): Interview with Author Dan Epstein on THE FREAK POWER TICKET

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

Dan Epstein Photo: Courtesy of the Author

Dan Epstein Photo: Courtesy of the Author

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. The attached podcast features the final segment of their three-part conversation.

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 recounted 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.”

Big Hair & Plastic Grass - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Big Hair & Plastic Grass – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Reading from Big Hair and Plastic Grass, Coe also narrated Epstein’s account of the White Sox’s infamous “Disco Demolition Night” promotion of 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago; and shared: • period- and novelty-music reflecting the times; • film trailers; • and additional commentary.

Edited selections are likewise included in this archival podcast.

“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.