Since it first came screaming out of the electric womb, hard rock has been a place where musicians let their freak flag fly, from their amped up anthems of abandon to their risque clothing and wild hairstyles. Long flowing hair became de rigueur for members of the ’60s counterculture and there’s no hairstyle as wild and evocative of the era than the Afro. First popularized by proto-heavy metal guitar god Jimi Hendrix, many a rocker followed suit, even those with naturally straight hair like…well you’ll just have to click through the following pages and see who we’re talking about. The style had a resurgence in the 1990s and you can even find musicians in modern-day scream, stoner metal and math rock bands rocking ‘Fros. See if you can guess these famous Afros of hard rock, from the ‘60s to the 2000s, and click through to the next page to see if you got them right.
This British blues guitarist was so besotted with Jimi Hendrix he even copied his hairstyle after hearing him play.
Though the words “Clapton Is God” were spray-painted around Eric Clapton’s native London, he knew he had been bested when Hendrix jumped up to jam with Cream.
This Detroit rocker helped “Kick Out The Jams” with his revolutionary band who are considered a major influence on the punk rock movement.
Rob Tyner was the lead singer of the MC5, who came out of the same Mid-Western hard rock scene as The Stooges and Alice Cooper.
A native of Dublin, this “Rocker” is known for helping jump-start the Irish rock scene and his band also pioneered the use of dual lead guitarists in a hard rock context.
Phil Lynott lead Thin Lizzy from their early ’70s inception into the 1980s.
This Mid-Westerner played drums and sang in one of the biggest “American Band”s of the 1970s.
Don Brewer was the drummer and co-lead singer for Grand Funk Railroad, who broke attendance records in their ’70s heyday.
This handsome frontman sang for one of New York’s seminal punk rock bands.
Straight out of the Boogie Down Bronx, Handsome Dick Manitoba led The Dictators, who were a major influence on The Ramones and the creators of Punk Magazine.
Speaking of The Dictators, this bass playing animal briefly played with the group before his career took a twisted turn.
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza played bass on The Dictators album Manifest Destiny before joining Long Island metal mainstays Twisted Sister.
Long Island, NY was also where this Afro-sporting rocker’s band got his start.
Eric Bloom worked in a Sam Ash music store in Hempstead, Long Island where he met the future members of Blue Oyster Cult, whome he would eventually join as the group’s lead singer.
This accomplished guitarist brought back the Afro in the late ’90s with his pioneering emo band.
Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López played with emo rabble-rousers At the Drive-In before starting the more prog-oriented Mars Volta.
This Australian rocker fronts a real mother of a band.
Andrew Stockdale is the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for Aussie retro-riff merchants Wolfmother, who formed in 2000.
Lastly, this voodoo child was responsible for popularizing the Afro hairstyle when people first experienced his music back in the 1960s.
It’s none other than the great Jimi Hendrix, whose changed the sound of the electric guitar forever and still influences music and fashion to this very day.