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Thursday, April 28, 2011

From David Bowie's ever-evolving flaming red 'do to Justin Bieber's perfectly swooped locks, musicians often sport eclectic and trend-setting hair styles. Today, we explore the past and present of iconic hairdos with Maura Johnston, music editor for The Village Voice, and  Christina Christoforou, illustrator of the new book, "Whose Hair?" Plus, we'll be joined by hair stylist and creator of the Ziggy Stardust mullet, Suzi Ronson, and musician Mike Score of A Flock of Seagulls-- whose hair we don't quite know how to describe. 

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Amy Winehouse's bedraggled beehive.
Pat Benatar's hair makes us nervous!
Joan Jett's hair is Bowie-esque-- with bangs.
Slash rocks the long-haired guitarist look with a curly twist.
Salt-N-Pepa liked to keep things on the side.
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Elvis's hair, normally molded into a perfect coif, gets a little rebellious.
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There are shades of Justin Bieber in Teddy Wayne's fictional character, Jonny Valentine
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The Beatles' mop tops drove the ladies wild.


Christina Christoforou, Maura Johnston, Mike Score and Suzi Ronson

Comments [14]

RS from Brooklyn

Suzi Ronson was married to one of the most talented and influential guitarists ever, Mick Ronson. The one moment he was mentioned, you cut her off. I would have much preferred to hear about Mick than what she thought of Justin Bieber's haircut. I know the "topic" was hair but your very show exists because of MUSIC. Give me a break!

Jul. 25 2013 07:41 AM
Gregory Hagin

Bowies' Ziggy/Alladin Sane hair style is NOT a mullet but a spiky shag cut. the "business in front, party in the back" mullet is from the 80's ( see Billie Ray Cyrus )

Apr. 28 2011 02:36 PM
Jean Freely from NYC

I was a big fan of Bowie's blond looks -- even his last long in front short in back classic schoolboy hairdo from his last tour of only a few years ago!

Apr. 28 2011 02:30 PM
Gio from Brooklyn

In "Just Kids" Patti Smith wrote that she was merely tolerated by the Max's crowd when she went there with Robert Mapplethorp. She said all that changed when she cut her straight black hair into the same style as Keith Richard's. That night when she went to Max's she said the attitude towards her changed from that moment and everyone was talking about her hair.

Apr. 28 2011 02:28 PM
LH from Bklyn

You haven't mentioned the origin of the term "long haired music"?

Apr. 28 2011 02:23 PM
Liz from Union City, NJ

One of my favorite songs about hair is NRBQ's "Tired of your permanent wave"

Apr. 28 2011 02:23 PM
Greg from South Orange, NJ

Don't forget the early 80s boy band Haircut 100, whose music melded the era's new wave sound with a ska beat

Apr. 28 2011 02:22 PM
Don from Brooklyn

Can't credit the Beatles with everything.... Hair icons go back even earlier to the 50's (Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard) and the whole Greaser/Rockabilly look that still goes on today! Totally outlasting the Mop Tops!

Apr. 28 2011 02:18 PM
Steve from NYC

Hair? Really? The banality of subjects on this show never ceases to amaze. Hair has as much to do with musical talent as American Idol does.

Apr. 28 2011 02:18 PM
Stuart from Manhattan

great show!

norwegian black metal hair and makeup is great, and an interesting 'in' to that culture.

Apr. 28 2011 02:17 PM
Stuart from Manhattan

great show!

norwegian black metal hair and makeup is great, and an interesting 'in' to that culture.

Apr. 28 2011 02:17 PM
KP from NJ

Though she never sang a note, the most iconic hairdo ever was Farrah Fawcett. If you were alive in the 1970's, you had wings....

Apr. 28 2011 02:10 PM
Betty Ann from LES

Can we talk about weaves and extensions? Most pop queens today and American Idol finalists (post makeovers) sport huge manes of fake hair. Who exactly are they fooling? Mark my words, we are going to look back on these "dos" and cringe.

Apr. 28 2011 02:08 PM
Siouxie from Bronx

You're dead-on re Bowie. Back in the 70s, we all had a version of his haircut and dyed it red too at times. My BF even shaved her eyebrows (and lost her job in the process).

Yeah, our hair didn't always look as fantastic as Bowie's, but we making a statement.

Apr. 28 2011 11:07 AM

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