It's All About The Haircut
Why Does A Man's Hair Make The Man?
Then there was this time in America that we, the teenagers eighteen and younger, called the Hippie Generation the Turbulent 60's with all the anti-Vietnam protests courtesy of anti-war activists, Jerry Rubin, Abby Hoffman, The Black Panthers and more too many to name in this article.
Both Rubin, Hoffman, Most of The Black Panthers, Arlo Gutherie, Jimi Hendrix and his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Beatles, and 96% of all rock bands had long hair. Some had long hair, and beards and moustaches. What a red flag for rebellion, long hair! Even the once-famous Cowsills had a song called "Hair," and a broadway play by the same name burned up the city sidewalks with patrons waiting to see this glorification of the human grown called hair.
In the 50's, it was the fashion law for boys and men to wear utility haircuts--short and sometimes short to the scalp. Bring on the crewcuts courtesy of the United States Navy that were the craze for guy gangs in '56 souped-up Buicks, lowered to the ground with loud tailpipes and fuzz dice hanging from the rearview mirror while the guy gang inside the vehicle all sported either greased-back ducktail haircuts or butched-up crewcuts. This symbol meant, "Leave us alone," for we are cool and know how to run the world, old timers!
And even in the tame 50's, conservatives with suits, ties and hats, and ladies with white gloves and hats worn when out in public all cringed with fear and discomfort when they viewed a carload of punks yelling, "Do Wop, Baby!", swilling beer, smoking Lucky Strikes and sporting their greasy hairstyles as their own personal badge of honor--maybe a sensitive signal that meant they beloned to something. Something bigger than life itself.
But like everything else, the troublemakers of the 50's who didn't burn their grand pianos for money (e.g. "The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis), or score huge songhits like "Summetime Blues," (e.g. Eddie Cochran), got jobs in factories, grew up, got haircuts and grew outward at the girth and became the same people they once opposed as young hoolagans. Time marches on and the pace is up to Father Time. Not us.
Then the tide came in and there stood John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison with their famous 'mop top' haircuts--unkept, uncombed and making another brash, in-our-face statement, "We are The Beatles and we are all about rock and roll," and with that, the young boys and girls threw away most of their self-respect and all of their Fabian posters and replaced them with Beatle wallpaper and it was a new dawning in America. Time for the young people, again, to be seen and heard. Not seen and HERDED like the ones in the 50's who got a tad out of hand sometimes protesting (legally) when some famous celebrity was being jailed for standing for his or her rights.
Haircuts were and are still powerful tools in our country. Think about it. And we are supposed to be oh so civilized and liberal, why is it that when a young person applies for a job, the first thing the personnel director notices is the kid's hair--to see if he combs it or not or if he leans to the 'left' or not. Its a common fact that rebel-rousers all had long hair that was messy most of the time. Funny thing, all of our famous gangsters of Prohibition Era times such as: Al Capone; John Dillinger; Clyde Barrow and Machine Gun Kelly, all had short, groomed hair. Not long hair. What makes long hair so dangerous? Can you please tell the people in power in 2011 that still judge men by the length of their hair?
I am not kidding Nor is this a comedy piece. I am making or remaking a point and over-argued point that was made time and time again in the late 60's. A man's hair does NOT dictate the man's character or moral base. Personally, I had lots of hair in 1969 through 1972 and did wear my hair as long as I could without flipping my dad out, for he was an Army vet and I loved him for that, but never understood why his firm stance against long hair. I can only live with the assumption that his dad and dad before him all had short hair because our country was an infant then and things had to be in the natural order of acceptance before unity among people could get moving. I wonder how the U.S. Cavalary dealt with famous American Indian legend, Geronimo and more like him. They all had long hair. Yes, the true owners of the United States, one nation under God, all had long hair.
What makes a man with short hair trustworthy? I guess he is instantly identified with the mild times in our country. a short-haired man is a quiet, hard-working man who loves his one wife and two kids, Sally and Dick, and their pet dog, Scruffy. Yes, he is a man of honor, valour and good moral character. Let's not hire those anti-government individuals with hair longer than ours! Why, boss? Simple. Those long-hairs are lazy just like their ancestors the hippies and them dadgum flower children...the ones that nearly brought down our way of life. Yep, hippies and flower children were a sure-fire, dead-on danger to America in every way.
Again. It's still funny to me that the very same hippie and flower children members and sympathizers, are the very ones today that are keeping the kids of Generation X, the boggan-wearing, skateboard riding, nose-piercing kids out of the workforce as well as the stream of life itself. Don't go figure, please. If social commentators like Dick Gregory, Mort Saul, and more like them cannot make a dent in our hypocricy, neither can you.
Keep America Clean and Free. Shave your head.
Peace . . .!