For those of you of a nervous disposition, please be warned—these pictures feature very very slightly long hair, on the head—gasp—of a 21-year-old man.
The young man in question may be familiar to you. He is reprobate Mick Jagger. But before you press the panic button, be reassured—Jagger’s hair is being cut.
The Stones had, at this point in their decades-long career, been around for less than a year. They played their very first gig only in July 1962. Bassist Bill Wyman became a permanent member later that year, and Charlie Watts, drummer, didn’t take his place behind the kit until early ’63.
But believe it or not, The Stones were initially presented as being as squeaky clean “boy-next-door” types to rival The Beatles. However, manager Andrew Loog Oldham reversed that strategy 180 degrees. As he put it, the band would instead be “a raunchy, gamy, unpredictable bunch of undesirables.” Which meant, obvs., long(ish) hair.
Here, we see Mick Jagger’s hair being prepared for a BBC TV appearance. In 1963, this length of hair was seen as close to insurrection. But as you can see from some of these shots, Mick was far from happy to be snapped his coiffure managed—it undermined his carefully managed cool.
Mick may have changed that view if he could look into the future. Little did Jagger know that the young man behind the camera would go on to be one of the greatest photographers in rock history—one Terry O’Neil.