Jul 142011

Playoff beards not included.

The following images are not close to a comprehensive collection of rock ‘n roll beards, but see how you can do with the following identification game.


  62 Responses to “Who Is It? Rock ‘n Roll Beards Edition!”

  1. saturnismine

    The lower right oval on page 2 looks like John Lennon. Is John Bonham to his left?

    Also, are there any indie rockers in this, like, say, the guy from Apples in Stereo?

  2. lower right oval beard, McCartney.

  3. saturnismine

    Which page are you on, Brenda? I actually now think that lower left oval beard (page 2) is McCartney.

    I stand by my identification of lower right oval beard (page 2) as John.

    And by the way…I’m *terrible* at these things…

  4. hrrundivbakshi

    This would be a lot easier if they were numbered somehow. Just sayin’.

  5. alexmagic

    I am in agreement that Beard 7 on Page 2 (lower left oval) is McCartney, but I’m not getting Lennon from the one next to it at all, so I’m also confused about which beards we’re all talking.

    I hope, to up the difficulty, all the fake beards from that airport scene in Help! are in here, too.

  6. Top beard on page 2 is the hard workin’ drummer Denny Wilson!

  7. I have now numbered the beards for ease of identification. Sorry I didn’t think to do that at first. You have correctly identified McCartney, but that is not Lennon on the right.

  8. Didn’t the numbers show up on your screen? 🙂

  9. There is at least one new, “indie” artist – and I stress the quotation marks around “indie,” although it’s likely he actually did come up through the indie ranks at some point.

    Bonham is NOT on these charts.

  10. First beard: Wayne Coyne?

  11. The newly numbered 1? That’s been identified as Dennis Wilson, but the next beard, if that’s the one you meant, is from a more contemporary musician, one even more contemporary than Coyne.

  12. No, I meant the page 1 beard.

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    Ok, we spot Washington, Maine, Nevada and Tennessee! Nice job trying to get us to learn some geography to boot!

  14. ladymisskirroyale

    Our guesses so far:
    #11 – Leon Russell
    # 16 – Dan Auerbach
    #18 – George Michael

  15. OHHHhhhhh! No, that’s one of my old baseball playoff beards from one of the past few Octobers. I hope to grow another one this fall.

  16. Ha! Our youngest son is really into geography, and we’ve been watching How the States Got Their Shapes on DVD. Your thought crossed my mind.

  17. #15: Zappa

  18. Good guess, but innnnnncorrect. This is one of rock’s most shocking (and short-lived?) mustaches.

  19. ladymisskirroyale


  20. George Michael is in here, but he’s not #18. I realized his beard is cropped so close that I had trouble spotting it. I’ll give you partial credit. The other two are good guesses, but not correct.

  21. #18: Some Gibb brother.

  22. ladymisskirroyale

    #6 – The Lizard King

  23. #17: Rick Wakeman

  24. #3: Peter Green

  25. #8 – Ian Anderson
    #10 – Bruce Spingsteen
    #15# – Elvis???

  26. ladymisskirroyale

    #14 then? We’re hoping that’s a beard.

  27. #20: Macca

  28. ladymisskirroyale

    #2 Robin Pecknold

  29. ladymisskirroyale

    #11 Billy Gibbons or Garth Hudson

  30. Yes, #14 is George Michael, sporting his “Miami Device,” as my old friend Jim from the Wishniaks used to call that popular style of stubble beard.

  31. Great guess on #18 – I meant to include Barry, but I forgot to. No, it’s not a Gibb brother.

  32. simplius, you’re guessing every good beard I forgot to include! 🙂 No, #17 is another unexpected and short-lived beard.

  33. It’s not Green, but it is a guitarist who made his mark in the ’60s and had a deeply spiritual side!

  34. No – and that reminds me that I need to write a piece I’ve been meaning to write on Fleet Foxes. You are in the right ballpark when it comes to the era in which this beard has blossomed.

  35. Nope, but Gibbons is a “hidden” entry in this contest!

  36. It does look like one of his beards. Maybe there’s something about the beard’s nationality/heritage?

  37. #8 looks like Anderson’s beard, doesn’t it? The others are fine guesses too, but also innnncorrect.

  38. mockcarr

    Billy Gibbons hay face is the background, nicht wahr?

    Is there no Seger on there?

  39. ladymisskirroyale

    #2 Sam Beam of Iron & Wine?

  40. ladymisskirroyale

    Okay, so 11 is Dusty Hill, and the background for page 2 is Gibbons!

  41. # 20 is Mick Jagger
    #14 is Ann Wilson’s mons pubis

  42. Gibbons is the background image, but Hill is not included on either page.

  43. Correct on both counts – believe it or not I couldn’t find an adequate Seger beard shot! You were right to expect one.

  44. You might be right about #20 – my answer sheet is in work and I just got myself confused. Good guess on #14, but no.

  45. hrrundivbakshi

    11: Lee Sklar!

  46. hrrundivbakshi

    3: some Japanese Prog guy — Kitaro?
    5: Brian Wilson?
    9: Joe Cocker?

  47. Once #3 is determined perhaps a lot of folks will finally be prepared to call Bullshit On this artist’s “teflon beard.”

    #5 is known for his ability to harmonize, but he’s not related to the Wilson clan.

    #9 is English, but he’s FAR from Joe Cocker in probably all rock music lovers’ minds.

  48. ladymisskirroyale

    Might #8 be Ginger Baker?

  49. You’d think so with that touch of ginger. I don’t consider this artist a redhead.

  50. ladymisskirroyale

    #2 Justin Vernon!

  51. ladymisskirroyale

    Workin’ overtime here,
    # 4 Jerry Garcia, #9 Mick Fleetwood

  52. trigmogigmo

    Wow, I had the same (incorrect) guesses for #11 and #18!

  53. trigmogigmo

    Is #8 Walter Becker?

    I’m sure #3 is the quiet Beatle!

    I was thinking #5 could be Mike Love, but you say #5 is “not related to the Wilson clan” … which could be a trick way of saying it is him.

    #13 appears to be Chewbacca.

  54. trigmogigmo

    #12 is Michael McDonald.

  55. I don’t know who that is, but it is the leader of a contemporary, popular band that makes arena rock for kidz who want to think they’re ironically indie.

  56. No on both counts, although #4 was probably beloved to Jerry.

  57. Finally! I thought he’d be easy.

  58. YES, on #3. That’s a bad beard, isn’t it? Can we all admit that George’s beard sucked?

    No tricks re: #5 – he’s not a Beach Boy or even an American – although he’s comfortable among musicians from many parts of the world.

    #13 is closer than you might think! Like Chewbacca, some Hollywood magic was involved in this artist’s appearance.

  59. Tough one, eh? I guess the brain does not easily ID people by facial hair. The unidentified beards follow.
    2. Jim James
    4. Richard Manuel
    5. Graham Nash
    8. Costello
    9. Sting
    10. Bono
    13. Val Kilmer as Jimbo
    15. Lou Reed
    16. Bowie
    17 Henry Rollins
    18. Lowell George
    19. Tony Levin

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