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Marc Bolan

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Marc Bolan ( BOH-lən; born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a pioneer of the glam rock movement in the early 1970s with his band T. Rex. Bolan was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 as a member of T. Rex.In the late 1960s, he rose to fame as the founder and leader of the psychedelic folk band Tyrannosaurus Rex, with whom he released four critically acclaimed albums and had one minor hit "Debora". Bolan had started as an acoustic singer-writer before heading into electric music prior to the recording of T. Rex's first single "Ride a White Swan" which went to number two in the UK singles chart. Bolan's March 1971 appearance on the BBC's music show Top of the Pops, wearing glitter on the face for the UK chart topper "Hot Love", is cited as the beginning of the glam rock movement. Music critic Ken Barnes called Bolan "the man who started it all". T. Rex's 1971 album Electric Warrior, with all songs written by Bolan, has been described by AllMusic as "the album that essentially kick-started the UK glam rock craze." Producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bolan during his heyday, stated: "What I saw in Marc Bolan had nothing to do with strings, or very high standards of artistry; what I saw in him was raw talent. I saw genius. I saw a potential rock star in Marc – right from the minute, the hour I met him." From 1973, he started marrying rock with other influences, including funk, soul, gospel, disco and R&B.

Bolan died in a car crash two weeks before his 30th birthday. In 1977, a memorial stone and bust of Bolan, Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine, was unveiled at the site where he died in Barnes, London. His musical influence as guitarist and songwriter was profound; he inspired many later acts over the following decades.

Articles

April 19, 2022

Leonard Cohen, Marc Bolan, and Lil Baby Documentaries to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2022

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Discs

Electronic Musik

November 22, 2019

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Pictures Of Purple People

November 15, 2019

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Beltane- The Songs of Marc Bolan

September 27, 2019

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Home Demos, Vol. 5

March 15, 2019

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Slight Thigh Be-Bop

September 14, 2018

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There Was A Time

September 7, 2018

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Tramp King Of The City

August 31, 2018

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Babe Shadow E.P

August 10, 2018

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Misfortune Gatehouse

August 10, 2018

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Skycloaked Lord (Of Precious Light)

March 10, 2017

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Baby Strange: A Rarities Collection

January 27, 2017

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Children of Rarn Suite (Extended Version)

September 29, 2016

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The Collection

October 26, 2015

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Song For A Soldier

July 10, 2015

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The Interview

June 2, 2014

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Rock 'N' Roll Ensemble

May 13, 2013

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Beyond The Risin' Sun

June 28, 2010

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Twopenny Prince

January 1, 2010

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All At Once

September 21, 2008

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The Beginning of Doves (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

January 1, 1974

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Love And Death

January 1, 1966

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