In the early 70’s, government offices in Singapore clamped down on males sportin…

Written by on February 13, 2018


In the early 70’s, government offices in Singapore clamped down on males sporting long hair because they said it spelt “gangsterism”. There was an incident where a man with long hair was lining up at a government department to pay his bills. He was told by an officer that he would be served last. The man was taken aback but quietly took his place.

To make matters worse, the country discouraged and finally banned pop music as it was termed “yellow culture”.

On Feb. 13, 1972. Led Zeppelin arrived in Singapore for a concert the next day. The authorities refused to let the band into the country when their plane arrived because of the length of their hair. (They did offer to let them stay if they cut their hair right then and there. They refused).They had to cancelled the show planned for the 14th.

Also in the same year the Bee Gees were in Singapore for a concert. They let them play but forced the band to leave immediately after their concert at the National Theatre on March, 21st.

Here is a poster from the 70’s from Singapore’s National Library Archives regarding hair length.

Them damn long hairs from England shoulda known!!!




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