David Pescovitz at 2:34 pm Wed, May 9, 2012
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Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon died today. He was 84. (Los Angeles Times)
Anyone who gets a chance should listen to the BBC Archive Hour of April 19, 2008, entitled “A Rage In Dunston”, an excellent hour-long documentary about “the 43 group”, a bunch of lower-class Jews who battled Mosley’s fascists in the streets of post-WWII London, a group Sassoon joined at the age of 17. He became famous for his hair care, but he was quite the macho badass as a young man, and in a good cause. Sadly, I can’t find a copy online.
Wow, this sounds fantastic! Thanks, Warren!
John Daly was a fan of the callipygian woman? You learn something new every day, I guess.
I used to get my hair cut at Sassoon in SF. It was quite the event. You had to tip about a dozen minions.
Hair today, gone tomorrow.
I remember Sassoon from his kicky and kooky hair product TV ads and over-frequent talk show visits, where he would grab several schlubs from the audience and do Sassoon makeovers (“There, darling – now doesn’t your hair look fan-tas-tic!”)
I remember this show! Admittedly, I saw it in reruns, but still. In some ways, it’s better that way, because it provides a longer-term view of the guests’ successes.
Vidal Sassoon is one of those people who I forgot was actually a person – I thought somebody’d just come up with the name for a hair products company and gone from there.
Sassoon also promoted a smoothie containing lecithin, tryptophan and various other ingredients in the 1980s (I have a copy of the recipe in my 1984 desk diary). Off the top of my head I remember it contained raw egg, banana, milk and wheat-germ. Healthy enough to get him to 84, assuming he carried on drinking it all his life. On the other hand, I know of lots of smoking, drinking health refuseniks who at this stage seem just as likely to reach 84. I’ll keep you posted.
Dude fought the good fight.
Vidal Sassoon the Movie is actually a very worthwhile 90 minutes or so. I had no idea what a rock star the guy was, and while the movie is a bit overly effusive, I came away with a much greater appreciation for hairstyling as an art form and Sassoon as a master entertainer and businessman.
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