Marc Bolan was an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and poet. He was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. Bolan died at the age of 29 in a car crash two weeks before his 30th birthday. He will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.
About Marc Bolan in brief
Marc Bolan was an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and poet. He was the lead singer of the band T. Rex and was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. Bolan died at the age of 29 in a car crash two weeks before his 30th birthday. He will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. His appearance on the BBC’s music show Top of the Pops in March 1971, wearing glitter and satins, is often cited as the beginning of the trend. The Who’s Pete Townshend stated in an interview, \”I remember Marc Bolan with full make-up on, working as a rent boy to buy clothes, in and around the Scene Club. He was about 15. Bolan briefly joined a modelling agency and became a \”John Temple Boy\”, appearing in a clothing catalogue for the menswear store. He fell in love with the rock and roll of Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Arthur Crudup and Chuck Berry and hung around coffee bars such as the 2i’s in Soho. In 1964, Bolan met his first manager, Geoffrey Delaroy-Hall, and recorded a slick commercial track backed by session musicians called ‘All at Once’ The track 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 DelarOY-Hall. A version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘The Road I’m On’ were later released by A&M Records.
A series of photographs of Bolan and Bob Dylan was commissioned with photographer Michael McGrath. The photos were later submitted to A.E. Everett for his book ‘E.M. E. Everett’s EMI’s No.MI’ Bolan later changed his stage name to Toby Tyler when he met and moved in with child actor Allan Warren, who became his second manager. It is suggested that he was in fact bisexual in his life according to those in the music scene. When asked about his sexuality during an interview in 1975,. Bolan said that he is bisexual. He is buried at the site where he died in Barnes, London, in a memorial stone and bust of Bolans, which was unveiled in 1977. He left behind a wife and two children. He died of a heart attack on December 31, 1971. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 1968. He also suffered from a heart condition since the early 1970s, which he battled for several years. He wrote and sang all of the songs on his 1971 album Electric Warrior, including the UK chart topper ‘Get It On’ The album has been described by AllMusic as ‘the album that essentially kick-started the UK glam rock craze’ and has been called ‘the man who started it all\”. Bolan also wrote the songs for The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Queen.