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Marc Bolan: Top of the Guitar Parade

Guide by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, June 1972

BEHIND EVERY success story there’s a team of guitars. Marc Bolan decided to give his chosen few a taste of the publicity he’s been getting ...

T. Rex: The Unobtainable T.Rex

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, September 1980

AND SO, it appears, we are on the brink of a new T.Rex faith. Well, as one who defended the Bolanian right at school in ...

The Cosmic Dancer: The Short, Brilliant Ride of Marc Bolan

Retrospective by Nicky Parade, Rock's Backpages, September 2001

IT IS LONDON, JANUARY 1970. A new pop decade has begun, and two of its budding stars are huddled together at the Trident recording studio, ...

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Marc Bolan, parts 1 & 2 (1975)

Interview by Keith Altham, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1975

Marc on life on the road, rock'n'roll literature, his image and clothes, guitars, "chicks", Elvis and a whole lot more

File format: mp3; Part 1: file size: 26.2mb; length: 28 minutes 37 seconds. Part 2: file size: 28.1mb; length: 30 minutes 43 seconds.Sound quality: ***

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T(yrannosaurus). Rex

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, May 1970

JUST OVER TWO years ago, John Peel introduced the public, as is his wont, to one of the most startlingly unusual groups ever to make ...

T. Rex: I'm A Pop Star On Any Level Says Marc

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

MARC BOLAN – whose voice has been known to bring some people out in an allergy and others to their knees in supplication – has ...

T. Rex: T. Rex (Fly)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, December 1970

T. Rex goes funky ...

T. Rex: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1971

MARC BOLAN became a star and T. Rex supergroup on Monday. Over 2,000 jammed London's Lyceum. And they cheered. ...

Marc Bolan

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, February 1971

AT THE DAWN of Britain's history Marc Bolan was a bard; in 1956 he served in the 2 I's coffee house to the skiffling rhythms ...

Marc Bolan: Energy Is What It's All About

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, April 1971

MARC BOLAN is ready to take on the world following his incredible success with two maxi singles, 'Ride A White Swan' almost indecently closely followed ...

Marc Bolan: I Am The Cosmic Dancer

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1971

I DO BELIEVE I am in grave danger of becoming a pleb! For example, in the opinion of a number of eminent musical critics Marc ...

Marc Bolan: Hot Rods and Hot Love

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, November 1971

CAMOUFLAGED WELL enough to stand unnoticed in front of a rainbow, Marc Bolan sat crosslegged on his sofa and explained that "too much" had happened ...

Marc Bolan: Hendrix Said I'd Be Big, But I Don't Give A **** As Long As I Can Boogie

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

Marc Bolan: A Weird Kid With No Friends

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

T. Rex: 'The Mania Never Stops'

Interview by Harold Bronson, Phonograph Record, April 1972

HUMILITY HAS never been one of man's virtues. Whether warranted or not, we tend to exaggerate our credibility. What we must never forget is why ...

T. Rex: Can The Electric Warriors Conquer America?

Profile and Interview by Dave Marsh, Creem, May 1972

YOU CAN SEE Marc Bolan almost anywhere and walk away with the same impression. You'll think he looks cherubic, not a little elfin, and that ...

Rod Stewart: Never A Dull Moment/T. Rex: The Slider

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1972

TEENAGE TEARDROPS... Or, would you buy a used riff from these men? ...

Marc Bolan: On Love, Hate and the Press

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1972

MARC BOLAN may not be one step ahead of the shoe-shine, but he has certainly been slandered, libelled, heard words you've never heard in the ...

Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, September 1972

PUTTING MARC Bolan into perspective is no easy matter because he refuses to fit into any recognisable category. On the surface it could seem that ...

Marc’s Music, Film & Future

Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, October 1972

The following interview with Marc Bolan took place in a restaurant near Little Venice in London. Originally the meeting was to have taken place at ...

Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, October 1972

JUST WHEN IT seemed that all the excitement, glamour and sparkle were going out of rock – along with the anger, vulgarity and vitality which ...

T. Rex: The Slider (Reprise)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, October 1972

AT LEAST every other week another group appears that's hailed by its publicists as the biggest thing since the Beatles. in the case of T. ...

T Rex: The Slider (Reprise)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Creem, November 1972

THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR hardly brought us to our knees the way he'd expected he would. After a string of superbly programmed chart-topping singles and genuine ...

Marc Bolan's Optimistic Overlook

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

"A NICE THING happened in New Jersey," related Marc Bolan with a gleam in his eye. He pauses momentarily and the small group of press ...

Ringo Starr on Born to Boogie

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc and Music Echo, December 1972

"BOLAN STRUTS, man, and I like that about him a lot. A lot of people, when they first meet him, can be put off because ...

The Boogie Merchants: Marc Bolan

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc and Music Echo, December 1972

CAROLINE BOUCHER takes a bleary, cross-eyed view of Marc Bolan who started life as a Tooting Mod, pro­gressed to a flower child, bopped as an ...

T. Rex: Where Now, Elemental Child?

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1973

ONCE UPON A time there was Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the days immediately following flower-power, rockanroll music was getting very sweaty around the edges. What with ...

Pipeline

Column by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, June 1973

EDITOR'S NOTE: After many months of intensive negotiations with his career advisors and financial counselors, Phonograph Record Magazine is pleased to announce the acquisition of ...

T. Rex/David Bowie/Roxy Music Albums

Review by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, July 1973

T. Rex: TanxDavid Bowie: Aladdin SaneRoxy Music: For Your Pleasure ...

T-Rex: Tanx

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, July 1973

SONG FOR SONG, this might be Marc Bolan's strongest album. Certainly, it's the most varied, and the most musical. One instinctively look for the lyric ...

T. Rex: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1974

MARC BOLAN returned to the British stage on Monday night and it was as if he had never been away. There were the fans, mostly ...

Marc Bolan: Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (EMI)

Review by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, March 1974

I WAS HOPING the spangled dwarf was going to pull off something approaching musical competence just so as I could do my small bit to ...

Tony Visconti: Behind Bolan And Bowie

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, September 1974

THIS IS a story of Marc Bolan and David Bowie – compared and contrasted. Bolan, the complete professional, who lost out through believing himself above ...

Marc Bolan: T Rex Flashes Light of Love on America

Profile by Michael Gross, Circus, October 1974

EARLY IN 1972, Marc Bolan and T. Rex were the biggest, bestest and baddest rock band in England. Every one of their singles shot instantly ...

T. Rex: Bolan Coming Up From The Bottom

Report and Interview by Lenny Kaye, Disc and Music Echo, October 1974

AH, YES, the garden state of New Jersey. MARC BOLAN is being raised on a five-pointed star, framed in light bulbs, crucified to the wings ...

Marc Bolan: Past, Present, and Future

Interview by Alan Betrock, Rock Scene, March 1975

IT'S A WEEKDAY night in New Jersey and there's another school day to face tomorrow. Yet the Joint in the Woods is packed to the ...

T. Rex: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, February 1976

BORN TO BOOGIE, or born to Waltz? The story of an ageing teendream with the cheek to book himself into London's Lyceum Ballroom, without a ...

T. Rex: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, February 1976

I MET A TRUE love at a T. Rex concert, so he has a special affection. At that time he was assaulting America, expecting everybody ...

Marc Bolan: Son Of Magical Pouting Panache

Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, March 1977

Yep, Here we go again. But this time it promises to be different. BOLAN MARC TWO makes his come-back on tour with The Damned, and ...

T. Rex and The Damned: The Beautiful and The Damned

Report by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, March 1977

T Rex and The Damned on tour together... will the boppers say nix to the new wave? Will Bolan get blown off the stage? Captain ...

Marc Bolan: Glam Rock Is Dead

Obituary by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, September 1977

Even people who didn't care for his records acknowledged his charisma ...

The Glitter Era: Teenage Rampage

Overview by Ken Barnes, Bomp!, March 1978

JUST THREE YEARS gone and it already seems so quaint. The time was c. 1971-1974, the place England, the sound "glitter," or "Glitter Rock." ...

As Fans Worship At The Tree Where Bolan Died... T. Rextacy lives

Retrospective by David Hancock, Evening News, June 1979

THERE'S ONE guaranteed way to make sure any party is a dancing success — keep playing T. Rex hits. ...

A Wizard, A True Star

Retrospective by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, May 1980

Marc Bolan's brief blaze of glory ...

The NME Consumers' Guide To Marc Bolan, part 2: The Rise And Fall Of Bolanmania

Retrospective by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, September 1980

BOLAN WENT electric and it was deemed, astoundingly, that he'd 'sold out'. For wanting to reach young people with vibrant pop music at a time ...

Tony Visconti Talks

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Record Producers' (BBC Books), 1982

IN MUCH THE same way that George Martin is known for his work with the Beatles, anyone who has ever inspected the small print on ...

Eyewitness: The First Glastonbury Festival, September 19-20, 1970

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, July 1996

No Glastonbury this year! No matter! Let Q whisk you back to the first festival of Pop, Folk & Blues At Worthy Farm – a ...

10 Great Glam Rock Albums

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, Harpers & Queen, 1998

TEN GREAT GLAM ROCK ALBUMS you cannot afford to live without... ...

Divine Decadence: Memories Of Glam

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Gadfly, October 1998

GLAM — or as it was originally called in the UK, Glitter Rock — flourished from early summer 1972 to summer 1974: shorter than Hippie, ...

Glam Rock: Scary Monsters, Super Freaks #2

Special Feature by Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1998

TWENTIETH CENTURY BOY ...

T. Rex: Electric Warrior (Universal)*****

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2001

SEMINAL BOLAN breakthrough boogies again – remastered by Tony Visconti himself ...

T.Rex: Electric Warrior

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, October 2001

REMEMBER LITTLE Richard's immortal comment on the tragic trajectory of Elvis Presley? That wonderful epigram – "he got what he wanted, but he lost what ...

"Catch A Bright Star And Place It On Your Forehead": The Rise of Marc Bolan

Book Excerpt by Mark Paytress, Omnibus Books, 2002

An extract from Bolan: The Rise And Fall Of A 20th Century Superstar by Mark Paytress, first published by Omnibus Press in 2002. (378pp, currently ...

Flo and Eddie and Marc, Frank and More

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2002

THEY WERE THE VOICE of the American 1960s, sainted providers of the angelic harmonies and grooved-out choruses that served up the most innocent psychedelia your ...

Marc Bolan 25 Years On

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Daily Mirror, September 2002

A MONTH before the tragic car crash that killed him on September 16, 1977, a 29-year-old Marc Bolan told fellow pop star Steve Harley: "I'd ...

Marc Bolan: The Jurassic Years

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 2002

IN DECEMBER 1967 The Observer devoted a large portion of its Sunday Colour Supplement to the London Underground. Complete with obligatory hip-speak glossary (an "A ...

The Grim Reporter February 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, February 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

Reborn to Boogie: Marc Bolan

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, February 2010

THERE IS ONLY one Starman in the room right now and his name is David Bowie. Flying high after his Top 5 astral novelty hit ...

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