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.”
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.