Born Mark Feld in London on 30th September 1947, the young Marc was known as a 'face' around town, working as a teenage model before beginning his singing career during the mid-sixties folk-boom.
He released his first single 'The Wizard', on Decca Records, before joining psychedelic-folk group John's Children who were managed by one of his early guiding lights, Simon Napier-Bell.
More significantly legendary producer Tony Visconti started to work with the band and is believed to have encouraged Bolan to use an electric guitar and the trademark sound was born.
|Chateau d'Herouville 1972|
After the run of successful singles, the hits dried up in the mid-seventies as Bolan's star diminished. However the emerging punk scene gave him an unexpected lift, embracing him as something of an icon and touring with The Damned as a support act. His public profile was further enhance by the TV show "MARC" which featured up and coming bands like The Jam and Generation X as well as old friend David Bowie!
Sadly the revival was short-lived as Marc was killed when his Mini, driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones, crashed into a tree on Barnes Common in London, two weeks before his thirtieth birthday.
The 2Oth Century Boy Boogies No More: Marc Bolan Dies
(By Geoff Barton)
The ephemeral nature of rock and pop stardom is much discussed in these days of X Factor flops and SyCo wash-outs. But it's a far from new phenomenon.
On September 16,1977, with his once stellar career in not-so-graceful decline, Marc Bolan perished when a Mini being driven by his squeeze Gloria Jones careered into a tree in Barnes, west London.
Some claimed Marc's death was pre-ordained. 'Tyrannosaurus Rex - eater of cars.' 'Hubcap diamond star halo.' 'Seventy-seven is going to be heaven.' 'Easy as picking foxes from a tree.' [The number plate on Jones's Mini was FOX 661L.] " It's all written. It's all known," they cried.
Whatever. All we know is that, 35 years down the line, there are always hundreds of fresh flowers by Bolan's roadside shrine [extract from Classic Rock Magazine, Summer 2012 Issue 173, p64]
This bootleg is part of a vinyl LP BOX SET entitled:A HISTORY 1947-1977 VOL 1,2,3,4 by Marc Bolan T-Rex. Regrettably, I don't have Vols 1 - 3, but if anyone out there does I'd love to hear from you. See Box Set cover above.
01 - The Groover (Live In Concert USA TV 1973)
02 - Jeepster (Live In Concert USA TV 1973)
03 - Death Notice
04 - Hot Love (Live Chateau d'Herouville 1972)
05 - 20th Century Boy (Live On Hullabaloo 1975)
06 - Teenage Dream (Live At The Agora Club, Cleveland 1974)
07 - Get it on (Live In USA 1973)
08 - I Love To Boogie (From Rollin' Bolan TV Special 1976)
09 - New York City (From Rollin' Bolan TV Special 1976)
10 - Dandy In The Underworld (From Marc TV Series 1977)
11 - Interview With Steve Harley On Bolan's Death
12 - Cadillac (Live Chateau d'Herouville 1972)
Marc Bolan T-Rextacy Link (112Mb) New Link 8/5/2018