Marc Bolan

British musician Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, guitarist and poet. He is best known as the founder, frontman, lead singer & guitarist for T. Rex, but also a successful solo artist. His music, as well as his highly original sense of style and extraordinary stage presence, helped create the glam rock era which made him one of the most recognisable stars in British rock music.
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London
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London

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Surprise and ribald comments - Portsmouth News
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The Tricorn Club, which became Granny's then Basins, attracted emerging and top acts including Marc Bolan, Slade, Mud, Sweet, Status Quo, Mary Wells, Edwin Starr and Vinegar Joe as well as regular local bands Smiling Hard, The Image, Heaven and Hector
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Wham, Bam, Thank You, Glam! The 10 Greatest Glam Guitar Solos - Gibson
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Marc Bolan offered up the most breathtaking solo of his career on this 1972 ballad. Framed by strummed acoustic guitar, the glam-rock pioneer took his Les Paul on a soaring, celestial flight that's evocative of everything the song's title implies
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Naga Viper Boost From Catalinbread - Sonic State
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The Rangemaster has been used by many influential British guitarists including Tony Iommi, Brian May, Marc Bolan, and KK Downing and Glen Tipton of Judas Priest. These guitarists, while completely unique in their styles, share the Rangemaster secret of
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David Bowie Saved Marc Bolan's Family - antiMUSIC.com
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On Friday David Bowie Saved Marc Bolan's Family was a top story. Here is the recap: (Rock News Desk) Marc Bolan's son has revealed how David Bowie stepped in to save him and his mother from poverty after the glam star's death
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David Bowie Helped Marc Bolan's Son 'Survive' - Musicrooms.net
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The son of former T-Rex star Marc Bolan has revealed how the compassion of Godfather David Bowie helped him through his darkest days - even though he has never met the singer. Rolan, now 35, says the Life on Mars' star paid
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Vintage rock T-shirts are always cool - NewsOK.com
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Chaser vintage tee featuring Marc Bolan of the band T. Rex. Doug Hoke Chaser (chaser brand. com) highlights every golden oldie from Nirvana to Little Richard. A vintage-looking shirt from the brand, featuring 1970s T. Rex glam-rock frontman Marc Bolan,
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Marc Bolan School Opens (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
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On Thursday Marc Bolan School Opens was a top story. Here is the recap: (Gibson) A music and film school for orphans has been opened in Sierra Leone by the family of late rock star Marc Bolan. According to NME.com, the school has been built by Bolan's
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African orphans rock to sound of 70s glitter - New Zealand Herald
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Marc Bolan. Photo / AP There is a corner of a field in Sierra Leone that will for ever resound to the very English strains of Marc Bolan. The war-torn African state is the unlikely location of a school for orphaned children created by
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A Reason to Live: Fruit Bats, Tripper (Sub Pop/Outside) - Toronto.com (blog)
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I hear a lot of Marc Bolan in the tippy-toeing vocals, as well as unmistakable echoes of more contemporary peacocks such as Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes and Jake Shears. The latter I couldn't quite place as a vocal “dead ringer” for Johnson (the closest
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New supergroup "Heaven and Hell" features Amy Winehouse - The Spoof (satire)
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Within three minutes of arriving in Heaven, she joined forces with Phil Lynott, Janis Joplin, Marc Bolan, Michael Jackson and Jim Morrison to form the newest super-group "Heaven and Hell". The six of them then went downstairs to Hell to track down some
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Bigger Than the Beatles? - Wall Street Journal
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Ms. Shapiro first formed a band at age 10 in 1956 with a cousin and a couple of friends, including Mark Feld—who later became Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Then she went on to win a string of talent contests, followed by enrollment at the Maurice Burman School
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Marc Bolan, T. Rex & 40 Years Of "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" - Houston Press (blog)
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"Bang a Gong" stays in the same gear for most of its four and half minutes, except for the part where all the instruments - horns, bongos, bass, guitar, piano, and Marc Bolan's velvet voice - rip into an imaginary pair of glittery hot pants
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Mark Bolan Musical Premieres in Sep, Aims for West End - WhatsOnStage.com
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The life and music of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan will be celebrated in new musical 20th Century Boy, which is supported by his son Rolan Bolan and directed by Gary Lloyd. It premieres at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from 13 September to 1 October
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Band to Watch: The Fuzzy, Flawlessy Poppy Unknown Mortal Orchestra - RollingStone.com
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Who: Like T. Rex's Marc Bolan before him, Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson's got a cool (if girlishly high) voice and an easy way with fuzzed-up, flawless pop hooks. He's a bit of a shredder, too. Throw in some Syd Barrett's
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Timeline
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    CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday.
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    In early 1977, Bolan got a new band together, released a new album, Dandy in the Underworld, and set out on a fresh UK tour, taking along punk band the Damned as support to entice a young audience who did not remember his heyday.
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  • 1976
    The last remaining member of Bolan's halcyon era T. Rex, Currie, left the group in late 1976.
  • 1975
    Gloria Jones gave birth to Bolan's son in September 1975, whom they named Rolan Bolan (although his birth certificate lists him as 'Rolan Seymour Feld').
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  • 1974
    In 1974, Bolan played guitar for Ike & Tina Turner.
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    However, "Teenage Dream" from the 1974 album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow showed that Bolan was attempting to create richer, more involved music than he had previously attempted with T. Rex.
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  • 1973
    Eventually, the vintage T. Rex line-up disintegrated. Legend left in 1973 and Finn in 1975 and Bolan's marriage came to an end because of his affair with backing singer Gloria Jones who gave birth to his son Rolan on 26 September 1975.
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    By late 1973, his pop star fame gradually began to wane, even though he achieved a number three hit, "20th Century Boy", in February and mid-year "The Groover" followed it to number four. "Truck On (Tyke)" missed the UK top 10 reaching only No. 12 in December.
    In 1973, Bolan played twin lead guitar alongside his friend Jeff Lynne on the Electric Light Orchestra songs "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" and "Dreaming of 4000" (originally uncredited) from On the Third Day, as well as on "Everyone's Born To Die", which was not released at the time but appears as a bonus track on the 2006 remaster.
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  • 1972
    In the same year he appeared in Ringo Starr's film Born to Boogie, a documentary showing a concert at Wembley Empire Pool on 18 March 1972.
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    In 1972, Bolan achieved two more British number ones with "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru" (the latter of which stopped Elton John getting to the top with "Rocket Man") and two more number twos in "Children of the Revolution" and "Solid Gold Easy Action".
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  • 1971
    In November 1971, the band's record label, Fly, released the Electric Warrior track "Jeepster" without Bolan's permission.
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  • 1969
    Although some critics dismissed it as self-indulgence, it was full of Bolan's florid prose and wordplay, selling 40,000 copies and in 1969-70 became one of Britain's best-selling books of poetry.
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    In 1969, Bolan published his first and only book of poetry entitled The Warlock of Love.
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  • 1967
    In early 1967 he eventually settled instead for John's Children because they needed a songwriter and he admired Bolan's writing ability.
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  • 1966
    In 1966, Bolan turned up at Simon Napier-Bell's front door with his guitar and proclaimed that he was going to be a big star and he needed someone to make all of the arrangements.
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  • 1965
    The Ladybirds sang backing vocals, while apart from Bolan's vocals, all other music was created by studio session musicians. "The Wizard" was released on 19 November 1965.
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    After changing his name again, to Marc Bolan (via Mark Bowland), he signed to Decca Records in August 1965 and recorded his debut single "The Wizard."
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  • 1964
    In 1964, Mark met his first manager, Geoffrey de-la-Roy Hall, and recorded a slick commercial track backed by session musicians called "All at Once" (a song very much in the style of his youthful hero, Cliff Richard, the "English Elvis"), which was later released posthumously by Danielz and Caron Willans in 2008 as a very limited edition seven inch vinyl, after the original tape recording was passed onto them by Hall.
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  • 1947
    Born on September 30, 1947.
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