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Saturday, July 07, 2007


Three-Five Six-Zero-Zero

A month ago Avedon Carol over at The Sideshow not only beat me to the punch at realizing the significance of the song "Three-Five-Zero-Zero" (from the musical "Hair") at the time when 3500 American soldiers had died, but also realized, as I most definitely did not, that the words are taken from a 1966 poem by Allen Ginsberg entitled "Wichita Vortex Sutra." On this day when the American military death toll has passed 3600, all I can do (aside from adulterating the name of the song in the title of this post) is to add the actual music (from the original Broadway cast album) from a song which documents the realities of wars like Vietnam and Iraq:

Incidentally, it was sometime during 1966, quite likely just as Ginsberg was writing his poem, that the American death toll in Vietnam passed 3500. The total in that war ended at 58,178.


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