Feb 092013

Mick Taylor‘s purported Britfro was actually a wig. Too bad, because it was spectacular!

MickTaylor fro

Gino Vanelli. Even at their tightest, his cascading curls came down too far past the collar to count as as White Afro. The hairline must be rounded at the bottom. See also: Roger DaltreyBrian May.



  23 Responses to “Once and For All: What’s the Greatest White Afro in Rock?”

  1. machinery

    Ok, he was behind the mixing board, but surely this has got to be a contender:

    Phil Spector in later years:


  2. This is always a tough category for me.

    I can discard a few right off the bat: Dylan was a pioneer but didn’t really have the volume or the shape necessary to get a medal here. Garfunkel’s receding hairline makes him far too “Bozo” to make it to the finals. Leo Sayers? Give me a break…

    It really comes down to Sib and Rob Tyner for me. Si’bs might have been more consistently “more”, but Rob’s is pretty gigantic and beautifully formed by anyone’s standards and he beat Sib to it by half a decade.

    I don’t know that they could have beaten Tyner or Sib or Magic Dick, but I’m surprised that the guys in At The Drive In didn’t make the finals: http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/69052/At+the+DriveIn.jpg

  3. Suburban kid

    I’ll vote for the Experience’s ground-breaking britfros, with a special mention for Mike D of the Beastie Boys’ latter day jewfro.

  4. When else, in the Hall of Rock, are you ever going to get a chance to vote for Leo Sayers so..I gotta go with Leo!

  5. What about Manassas-era Chris Hillman? I think this should qualify so I voted “other.”

    This is photo is part of an important in-depth study of his hair:

  6. jeangray

    Hey! All this Tom Petty talk, got me thanking of Mike Campbell: http://www.rickresource.com/stt-research/mike8836012.jpg

    I think that he & Brian May must be related!

  7. Bronzed Nordic God

    As I said in the original suggestion, Sib should be a lock for this one, but I’m tempted to write in Neal Schon.


  8. If there is an ensemble cast award for ‘Greatest Cumulative White Afro by a Band or Group’ the Grand Funk Railroad has to be considered a front runner. If Mark Farner had got with the program and donned the Clapton Farewell look, it could be a no contest.

    Both Mel Schacher and Don Brewer sported the hirstute rock bonnet.

    If you consider MC5 Rob Tyner’s perfect coif, Detroit pretty much leads in the regionals…

  9. Schon may steal this thing as a write-in candidate yet. Check out his ‘fro in this performance; it’s like a mushroom cloud.


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