WELCOME TO OUR PENULTIMATE FREES UPDATE BEFORE MARC'S 40th ANNIVERSARY ...
We were hoping to include Photo Galleries from our two visits to Marc's Shrine. We have not been able to convert into Photo Galleries, due to several factors which are detailed below.
APOLOGIES TO ANYONE WHO HAD EMAILED US AND NOT RECEIVED A REPLY ...
Please resend your Email to Us because we were hit by a hard drive breakdown which took our our Email Client along with our Emails. They are backed-up so we are getting them restored, but with the work on this update and the server move (see below). Do bear with us.
TAG ON THE MOVE ... WE ARE CURRENTLY MOVING THE ENTIRE TAG SITE ...
Fom The Mercury Moon Server to it's own server on www.Marc-Bolan.net. This is not quite complete because the entire TAG website (Members and Free) totals a staggering 80 GIG consisting of 62,794 files.
WE ARE HOWEVER PLEASED TO SAY ...
with the exception of some of the many files that make up the Members Section 'Marc's Musical Museum', the entire site has now been moved accress and is now available on TAG's dedicated server ... WWW.MARC-BOLAN.NET
So, without further ado ... on with the update ...
ROLAN BOLAN - CLAIMING HIS BIRTHRIGHT
2017 ... ROLAN BOLAN V BABYDRIVER COMPANIES
"Marc Bolan's Son Files Lawsuit Over Baby Driver Soundtrack Baby Driver is one of the more acclaimed films of the year, and more than a few critics have singled out its soundtrack for particular praise. But director Edgar Wright's song selection - and the way the studio went about using the music - are now the focus of a lawsuit filed by Marc Bolan's son Rolan Feld.
The suit was prompted by Baby Driver's use of the T. Rex track Debora, which serves as a major plot point in the movie when its protagonist (played by Ansel Elgort) shares it with a love interest (Lily James) who happens to share the same name. It's all the more surprising, then, that Sony Pictures allegedly neglected to secure a license to use the track.
Inexplicably, Defendants failed to obtain - or even seek - the permission of the composition's U.S. copyright holder, Rolan Feld, reads a portion of Feld's filing complaint. In the six weeks since Feld brought this infringement to Defendant Sony's attention, Defendants have done little more than point fingers at one another - and they have neither apologized nor offered to pay Feld a reasonable license fee.
More perplexing still is Feld's assertion that he only found out about Debora being used in Baby Driver after a Sony rep reached out to his lawyer - a surreal example of the way different divisions of the same giant company can operate independently in ignorance of each other. Even before the movie was at Sony, we had sort of quietly started clearing the tracks. Because, you know, if you're going to do a movie called Baby Driver and try and use that song, you should approach them way ahead of time to make sure that that's okay, Wright pointed out."
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The Radio Times
NME (New Musical Express)
Ultimate Classic Rock
The Independent UK Newspaper
9 Page Court Document (PDF) - ON OUR SERVER
This follows on from the 2013 court case and 2014 ruling ...
2013 and 2014 ... ... ROLAN BOLAN V WESTMINSTER MUSIC
Marc Bolan's son has brought a lawsuit that will be the first of a series of challenges over who has the rights to exploit classic songs.
As the fathers of rock music have bowed to the inevitability of mortality, their sons, daughters and other statutory heirs could soon be sending jarring vibes across the music industry. Last week, Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan, filed a lawsuit in California federal court that seeks a declaration that he is now the sole owner of many of Bolan's famous songs like Bang a Gong (Get It On)) and Ride a White Swan. Feld was a few days short of his second birthday when his father died in a 1977 car accident. He's now seeking at least $2 million in damages over a music publisher's continued exploitation of songs."
Rolan Bolan V Westminster Music (PDF) - ON OUR SERVER
The official court document which is mentioned in the BBC News report we have included in our Members PDF Newsletter (dated August 2013). It is archived here. Its a long document at 43 pages, but well worth reading.
Hollywood Reporter - Article dated 18th July, 2013.
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2014 ... ROLAN WAS AWARDED OWNERSHIP OF 144 SONGS
"Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan, has obtained 144 copyrights connected to the band's songs, including those on the album Electric Warrior like Get It On (Bang A Gong). In July 2013, Feld sued publisher Westminster Music Ltd. for ownership, on the basis that rights revert to an author's heirs when the author dies during the initial copyright term. Feld's case then got a big boost when the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year addressed another reversion case involving the classic film Raging Bull, and limited the application of laches (a defense based upon the prejudicial effect of a plaintiff's delayed filing) in intellectual property cases. The parties then worked out a settlement with the result leading to the return of copyrights to the Feld family. "
Hollywood Reporter - Article dated 10th October, 2014 - link will open in a new tab/window for ease of viewing.
DO YOU WANT YOUR NAME ON THE SPONSORS PAGE OF THE STEVE TOOK BIOGRAPHY?
You have until the 13th August to pr-Order your copy of Steve Peregrin Took's Biography "A Trip Through Ladbroke Grove" and get your name in the list of sponsors at the back of both versions of the book. You can also pre-order the book with ticket(s) to the London Launch Party and there is also the option to buy the book with a 'Goody Bag'. The aim of the Crowdfunder is to raise money for the instillation of a Memorial Bench near Steve Peregrin Took's Grave in Kensal Green Cemetery in London.
Steve Took's life was interwoven with the Underground counter-culture of the area around Ladbroke Grove. He knew a wealth of musicians and influenced more people than you might imagine. This book is of interest to fans of Tyrannosaurus Rex and underground Musicians including, but not exclusive to, a number of Hawkwind members including Nik Turner and Lemmy, plus Twink, The Pink Fairies, Syd Barrett and many more.
As well as featuring the Story of Steve Took's Life there are a number of previously unpublished photos including live photographs of Tyrannosaurus Rex (with Marc Bolan), plus professional photographs taken by the late Keith Morris during the period 1972 to 1974 and previously unseen photographs taken by friends and family. Gig flyers and reviews, some not previously seen, are also included.
Whatever your interest in the man described as too fragile for the music industry, strange and unique and a talented singer-songwriter, this is a Must Have book.