Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bowie at 17

David Bowie's flair for grabbing attention goes way back apparently. The confidence of the future avant-androgyne was already firmly installed by his tender teenage. Here he his in 1964 gamely defending long hairs from persecution. The host for the establishment, as the older generation was called at the time, decided ridicule was the most appropriate response when he predictably asks teen Bowie: "Are you surprised?" (Like those who blame rape on the provocatively dressed victims.) If more men went around wearing non-traditional hairstyles what would be next? Man make-up, red mullets, and strappy platforms? The horrors.... 

Thanks to Art Chantry for the heads up.

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