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Marc Bolan: T Rex Flashes Light of Love on America

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 to the top of the pops. Their new LP, The Slider, was a mammoth hit. Bolan was the nazz, the flash demon with curly brown hair, makeup, glitter and chrome-plated flower child lyricism. He was so trendy, so instantly lovable, you could have died. In America, he was slated to be the ultimate teenraver; his single, 'Get It On, (Bang A Gong)' hovered near the top of the Hot 100, and Bolanmania seemed set to begin.

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