Before He Was David Bowie, He Was David Jones, Long Hair Activist (VIDEO)

The death of rock star David Bowie has brought a wave of mourning across the nation and across the world. Bowie was a true renaissance man. In the end, we knew him as a writer, a songwriter, a singer and an incredible showman, but did you know that before he was David Bowie, he was David Jones, and he was a hair activist?

In 1964, just as the British Invasion began to take hold and as young men literally began to let their hair down, Bowie, then Jones, founded “The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men.”

It sounds a little silly today, but you have to remember that at the time, men with long hair were harassed and bullied. They even had their sexuality called into question.

This video shows Bowie/Jones being interviewed by the BBC about his cause. The hair wasn’t really long by today’s standards, but this was 1964 and the flat top was all the rage.

Watch a star in the making:

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