In 1964, Bowie — nonetheless going by his delivery identify, “Davy Jones” — was one in all a gaggle of males interviewed by the BBC’s “Tonight Present” for a particular section that includes “the burgeoning social phenomenon of males rising out their lengths,” per Vogue. When requested about what presenter Cliff Michelmore referred to as “the rise up of the long-hairs,” 17-year-old Bowie stated, “I believe all of us like lengthy hair, and we don’t see why different folks ought to persecute us due to this.”
Apparently, Bowie’s supervisor on the time had helped to ascertain the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Lengthy-Haired Males after one in all Bowie’s producers had insisted he lower his lengthy locks earlier than acting on the present together with his then-band, “The Manish Boys” (by way of Mashable). For the previous couple of years, Bowie stated on the section, he and his long-haired companions had others name them “Darling” and ask if they might “carry their purses” (by way of YouTube).
With detectable ranges of sarcasm in his voice, Bowie clarified that the society was based for the “safety of pop musicians and people who put on their hair lengthy,” in a follow-up interview with the London Night Information. “Anybody who has the braveness to put on their hair right down to his shoulders has to undergo hell,” he stated. “It’s time we had been united and stood up for our curls” (by way of Vogue).