|Singapore Poster That Discourages Long Hair.|
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
(What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye)
In the early 70s government offices in Singapore clamped down on males sporting long hair because it spelt gangsterism. For present generation readers who don't believe this is true, the above poster from the 70s National Library Archives proves it.
|Led Zeppelin (Google Images)|
To make matters worse, the country discouraged and finally banned pop music as it was termed "yellow culture". Singapore's pop music industry faded after all its glory and support from the 60s public.
A thriving and decent way for both amateur and professional musicians to make an honest living died an unnatural death. Many enthusiasts moaned the local pop music's demise and up to this day the industry never recovered.
Jimmy Page and his new band Led Zeppelin had their show cancelled on 14th February, 1972 because they refused to cut their long hair. Also in the same year the Bee Gees were all here in Singapore to play their music but were forced home immediately after performing on stage at the National Theatre on March, 21st.
|Bee Gees in Singapore (Google Images).|
An Australian pop group.
|The Strollers from Malaysia. (Google Images).|
Below is a Singapore Press Holdings unedited description to explain the above poster:
"The government is to step up the campaign against the cult of the long unkempt hair among males in the Republic. For some time now certain government departments, like immigration and schools as well as institutions of higher learning had been taking action against males with long and unkempt hair.
The campaign will take another step forward when all government offices dealing with the public will display posters in English, Chinese and Malay with the message: 'Males with long hair willbe attended to last' (20.06.1972)."
I guess Singapore went just one step further. It included all males, young and old.