TAG'S MARC BOLAN and T-REX INFORMATION PAGES

Welcome to TAG's Marc Bolan and T-Rex Information Section

FIRST A PLUG FOR OUR WONDERFUL VALUE MEMBERS SITE
which contains over 80 Gig of Information. A 'Must' for any Bolan Fan, especially as it is only £4.00 a Year (based on two years membership - or £6.00 for one year + PandP), with Full Access. We publish around 7 - 8 online PDF Newsletters and Members also get Exlcusives, Discounts and First 'dibs' on Fund Raising things, including DVD's, CD's, Calendars, Rexmas Cards and many other things. Membership money (after Pay Pal commission) is used to pay for the Domains, Server Space and Bandwidth. The surplice goes to care for Marc's Rock Shrine featured in the BBC4 Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places TV Programme. Can't watch it as you don't live in the UK? You'll find the Video in the Members Section, along with hundreds of others including TV adverts, Programmes featuring Marc, Documentaries and other essential stuff. However, we know that many visitors simply want the 'Basics' and we at TAG are pleased to be able to offer you that here.

This Section has been expanded to give you not only an Illustrated Biography, but lots of other useful and interesting info (new info added regularly). As TAG is the Legal Guardian of Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine since 1999 you'll also find a link towards the bottom of this page, with Maps, Train and Underground Information, Photos and Videos of The History of The Bolan Tree from 1977 to the present day. This Section is updated regularly with current photos and Videos of The Tree Site.

We would like to thank everyone for the wonderful messages we've received telling us that without the work we have done (and continue to do) Marc's Rock Shrine would not have been recognised by the English Tourist Board. It's also lovely to know how many people realise that has we not taken steps to save the 'Bolan Tree' it would have been felled by 2002, as reported in the Daily Mail in 1999!

ENJOY THE RESOURCES HERE :-)

BIOGRAPHY

Introduction
Chapter One - Early Years
Chapter Two - Tyrannosaurus Rex
'It's So Naughty to Pretend'
David Mantell's Tyrannosaurus Rex Essay - The only one recommended by Simon Napier-Bell! :-)
Chapter Three - T-Rex - The Golden Years
Chapter Four - T-Rex - The Later Years
2002 Telegraph 'Biography' Article.
R.I.P. Marc Bolan and T-Rex related RIP's

FACT FILES : SINGLE and ALBUM CHART INFORMATION

THE SINGLES: THE UK
Song Sheet Cover, Plus Release Dates; Chart Positions. For full scans of each of the song books shown in this Free Resource Centre are in the Members Site :-)
THE ALBUMS: THE UK HIGHEST POSITIONS
ALBUM and SINGLE POSITIONS: OUTSIDE THE UK
TV APPEARANCES and VIDEO RELEASES
This isn't totally complete, but is still very useful
TOUR DATES
;This isn't totally complete, but is still very useful!
T-REX MUSIC USED IN FILMS/MOVIES

ARTICLES, PHOTOS and OTHER INTERESTING THINGS

PHOTOS FROM THE FUND RAISING EVENT FOR THE MARC BOLAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
This comes with a report by Mike and we'd like to say a huge "TANX" to him for the photos and report on the event.
PHOTO GALLERY 1
Marc Bolan and T-Rex Photos. This is just a Sample of the Dozens of Photo Galleries (many with far better quality Images) which you'll find in the Members Club Site.
PHOTO GALLERY 2
More Marc Bolan and T-Rex Photos.
PHOTO GALLERY 3
This Gallery is from the 'Zinc Alloy' Period and shows a shorter hair Marc with Tony Visconti (dig that mullet man!) and T-Rex band member Paul Fenton. There are shots of Marc 'laying down' guitar and Paul recording the drum tracks however the majority are of Marc, Tony and Paul with a sound engineer (in some shots) in the 'mixing studio'.
PENCIL ART
Thirty Three artworks based on photographs sent in by member John. Many Tanx.
MARC'S FLYING V and FREDDIE MERCURY'S CLOAK
Photo of Christie's' employee Leonie Ashfield poses with Freddie Mercury's red velvet cloak, and Marc Bolan's Gibson Guitar during the Pop Memorabilia press viewing at Christie's auction house in London, 28 March 2007.
HOW MARC MIGHT HAVE LOOKED AGED 61
Two Sketches of how Marc might have looked along with a lovely painting of Marc also shown with the 22 year-old American Artist and an image of her 'Marc Fairy' from her 'Glam Fairies' Series.
HOW MARC MIGHT HAVE LOOKED AGED 61
Members Version of the page above, with larger versions of the man three pieces of artwork.
SMALL PHOTO GALLERY OF EARLY TREE PHOTOS
The photos are all early. Before the 'armco' crash barrier was fitted and longer before the second (rear) trunk was felled by the council.
TYRANNOSAURUS REX INCLUDED IN BLUE PLAQUE
A Blue Plaque has been installed in Kidderminster (our old home tome) to commemorate the site of Frank Freeman's Dance Studio described by John Peel as the "Best Venue outside London"! Tyrannosaurus Rex is actually listed on the Blue Plaque and Marc Bolan is mentioned specifically in the associated News Article (reproduced here).
SKATEBOARD DEMO INCLUDED ON SKATEBOARD ALBUM
This is the archive of two articles from http://skateandannoy.com. The first is a review of an album entitled "This is Skateboard Music". The review states:-
The only credible artist on the compilation is T.Rex. with his song "Skateboard" that appears in demo form at the end. Amazingly, this track may only be available on This is Skateboard Music." The second Archived article is a Blog entry from the same site by Kilwag and is worth a read too :-) Please note the videos embedded in the page don't work as this is a screen capture.
JEWISH CHRONICLE ARTICLE (7th Sept. 2007):
Essential Reading for some fantastic details on Marc's Religous upbringing with quotes by Marc's Older Brother Harry Feld. Nice also to see they spelt Steve Peregrin Took's name correctly!
NEWSPAPER ABOUT MARC FROM 1965!
Knit Yourself a Pop Singer: MARC AND MIKE WILL TELL YOU HOW
RUPERT and MARC (Marc Bolan, Rupert and "hippie" culture)
A Two Page pdf Article by Alan Murray. It is amusing that of course Marc's Original Drummer - Bill Legend - did some of the illustrations for 'Rupert The Bear'
MARC ART BY JEF!
This 'street' or graffiti artist whose goes by the 'name' Jef AĆ©rosol did a nice pic of Marc !!!! If you'd like to see it yourself it can be found on the corner of Fleur De Lis Street (corner of Shoreditch High Street), London.
TEN SEVENTIES ALBUMS YOU MUST OWN
Published in the Mail on Sunday; June 3 2007
REXMAS THEMED DESKTOP/WALLPAPER
Simply Click the link!
< ROBERT (HAWKWIND) CALVERT ON MARC
Left Click to Listen/Right Click to Save
5 Minutes 26 Seconds (5.0 meg) "Were you ever involved with David Bowie? Unrealised suggestion of a TV collaboration with Marc Bolan. On Bertolt Brecht. Car crashes, and the nature of coincidence" (text from NikTurner.com). Spotted by Club Member Nick on his namesake's web site: www.nikturner.com (opens in a new window)
TONY NEWMAN (T-REX)
Videos and Photo Gallery of Marc's 1977 T-Rex Drummer guesting with 'Never The Bride' on the 23rd February 2009 at the Bull's Head in Barnes.
BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE - 02 LONDON REVIEW
Written by Linda after her recent visit to this permanent exhibition
GADGET SHOP FEATURES MARC T-SHIRT
This is from the 'Gadget Shop 'Rexmas 2009' Catalogue which was included as an insert for many magazines in the run-up to Rexmas. Nice to see Marc was featured for their "Guitar Rock Star" item :-) What a shame they didn't sell the T-Shirt as an 'add-on'!
CLOCKWORK ORANGE
Many people will know this, but for people who have forgotten (it's our age isn't it?) or didn't know check out this photo (which has now been saved in the archives). As you'll see its from Clockwork Orange and originates from the Malcom McDowell web site (he played the main character in this film). The 'T.Rex' labels were already on the photos when I saved them. However they missed another smaller Ride A White Swan promo-image of Marc 'n Mickey which I've circled. Its interesting in this very late 60's version of 'the future' the CD has never arrived and Vinyl is still King!
Click Here to see the Image
NEIL TENNANT: PETSHOP BOYS
Many tanx to John Hunt for sending this scan in. John said "I mentioned a while back that I'd found something on the Pet Shop Boys website mentioning that Neil Tennant had once interviewed Marc Bolan. I've now managed to print it out and scan it and I've attached it. I hope it's clear enough." Yep - lovely John :-) Tanx.
Click Here to see the Scan
MARC'S SHRINE - PART OF THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
TRIPLE CROSSED TEACHING: Well who would have thought it? This took me back to a time when I was walking back from the school Dining Room (which was nowhere near the rest of the school in Ledbury). my friends and I were laughing at, and mocking the music of 'the older generation' which periodically forced its way into the charts and cluttered up Top Of The Pops. Suddenly a voice broke through our teenage girlie merriment and said "One day the music you like will be old fashioned!" It was Mrs. Southall who was not only my English Teacher, but was also my form teacher. She was determined to hammer the 'round peg' we arrived a s at the age of eleven into the 'square hole' of the Grammar School 'expecations'. Of course her words have echoed down the years as music tastes have changed and I have always cursed her for that. But I can finally get my own back on the now presumably deceased Mrs. Southall with a raised finger and the words:-

"Old Fashioned? Now Marc Bolan is part of the Curriculum." How I wish history had been this interesting when I was at school. I might have even paid attention to the coursework and not the transistor radio in my blazer pocket with the single cream coloured earpiece hidden by my hair :-) Laser Love, Fee xxxxx.
Click Here
A MARC'S ROCK SHRINE MENTION
This is from the people who installed the replacement Armco Crash Barrier a couple of years ago. Fee has just contacted them about the spelling error. It is however nice to know that they, like Bartlett Tree Experts think the site is of sufficient importance to be mentioned on their web site :-)
Barriers by Design
HARRODS and TONY VISCONTI SIGNING
On the 11th February Fee and Ruth visited Harrods to see Marc's 'signed' guitar and then we were off to Covent Garden to meet up with Tony Visconti at one of his book signing.
MARC'S FIBREGLASS GUITAR SCUPTURE
Photo Gallery from the London 'Guitar Town' Exhibition, plus the Auction Results.
The Lyrics to Gloria's Song written for Marc
If The Roses Don't Come in Spring This Year
Members - Listen to an MP3 Here
TRIBUTE BANDS
Over the years there have been quite a number of tribute bands and this is just a couple (to be going on with)

SPOOKY

SYCAMORE OF SORROW
This poem appears on page 9 of Marc's 1969 book of poetry 'Warlock of Love". The poem can be found on Page 9 (and of course Marc died in the 9th Month. His choice of the Sycamore is interesting, given that 'The Bolan Tree' is a Sycamore.
The Strange Case of the Painting September 16th
Rene Magritte's Paiting of a Tree at Dawn with the Moon in the same phase as it was in 1977.
MARC IN THE TREES- A PAIR OF PHOTOS
2004 VIDEO FILMED AT 'THE TREE'
A Very Short Video Clip by Will who was filming the Tree Site when all of a sudden a Mini drove past. Of the Video he said "Even though it was back in 2004 it still gives me shivers when I watch it!". We've filmed from the same location and a Mini has never driven past showing what a Million in a One chance this was.

MARC BOLAN'S ROCK SHRINE - INFO

EARLY PHOTOS
These photos have been added to the site as an archive of how Marc's Tree looked in 1978, before the crash barrier was added, but after he chain link fence had been removed after Marc's fatal crash. You can clearly see how the road is not as busy as it is nearly 35 years ago.
BEAUTIFUL B and W PHOTO
We received this lovely photo from Anne Forest from Teddington, Middlesex who said:- "hello everyone, I hope you've had a nice time this winter. As promised before, I am sending you the best picture I took at the shrine last November. If you do wish to publish it on the TAG, could I keep the rights to my image? This is the best picture of the set I took - I may go back to take some more this weekend. Enjoy! (picture attached) Anne Forest"
Many Tanx Anne. Of course the copyright is yours :-) Please do feel free to send more. We can compile them into a gallery.
ROCK SHRINES BOOK
Fab Book listing the Top Forty Main Rock Shrines in the world (with ten additional listings allocated 1/5th page each). With lots of additions in 'pouches'. In the case of Marc, these include a copy of his Death Certificate and he is given four full pages too :-) There is a mention of Golders Green and his first home in Hackney, but the majority of the article is about Marc's Rock Shrine in Barnes, London. Its clear that this book is going to sell-and-sell! With people buying this book world-wide. When they open it up they will find some FAB Coverage of Marc Bolan largely due to his Rock Shrine in Barnes, London. I have the most amazingly warm feeling of happiness knowing that my wife Fee's dedication to the site since I first met her back in 1978 is credited, as it is in this book :-) Sincerely, TAG Chairman: Kevin Warner.
More Info Here
MAIN PAGE
Use this link for Maps, Train and Tubes Links, Photos and Videos of The History of The Bolan Tree from 1977 to the present day. This is a Massive Section - So please allow time for the 'Site Map' of the Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine Section to Load. Many Tanx :-)
ENGLISH TOURIST BOARD
Use this link to read more details of the 'England Rocks Guide' including Press Coverage of the Launch of the Guide in February, 2007.
NORMKO FLICKR PHOTOS
Some great long exposure night photos from his Flickr Gallery
MOTT THE HOOPLE FAN SAYS MARC'S SHRINE IS "a pretty heartfelt memorial"
Great to find this blog entry with photos and write-up about an American Mott the Hoople fan's visit to Marc's Shrine on what would have been Marc's 62nd Birthday.

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