Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Born to Boogie; Marc Bolan Was the 20th Century Boy Who Brought a Touch of Glam Rock to the Lives of British Music Lovers. Marion McMullen Finds out How It All Began for the Metal Guru

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Born to Boogie; Marc Bolan Was the 20th Century Boy Who Brought a Touch of Glam Rock to the Lives of British Music Lovers. Marion McMullen Finds out How It All Began for the Metal Guru

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Byline: Marion McMullen

THE ad in the music paper back in June 1967 read: "Freaky lead guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan's new group. Also any other astral flyers with cars, amplification and that which never grows in window boxes."

Its purpose was to recruit for what would become T Rex.

It marked the early beginnings of the glam rock era which saw guys embracing a colourful peacock fashion with Marc leading the way by taking to the stage in feather boas, top hats and full make-up.

He was the style icon of the generation. Teens adored his androgynous look while parents tutted over the eye make-up and glittered cheeks.

"I mean, I am my own fantasy," he once declared.

He married girlfriend June Child as Ride A White Swan brought him chart success.

Hit after hit followed in the 70s with I Love To Boogie, 20th Century Boy, Hot Love, Get It On, Telegram Sam, Children Of The Revolution, Bang A Gong (Get It On), Metal Guru and Jeepster.

He was reportedly selling 100,000 records a day at the height of T Rex's fame and was a regular on Top Of The Pops.

Born Mark Feld, the T Rex singer got his first guitar when he was nine and began as a Mod before turning to folk rock working for a time under the name of Toby Tyler.

His first band was John's Children which he followed with Tyrannosauris Rex - later shortened to just T Rex.

Marc tried many styles before glam rock turned the Londoner into a glitter and sequins superstar.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was a friend and recorded the documentary Born To Boogie about Marc and the band.

It included a recording of Children Of The Revolution featuring Sir Elton John on piano and Ringo Starr on drums.

Tina Turner later said in a radio interview that Marc had also played guitar on songs like Nutbush City Limits and Baby Get It On. U2 singer Bono recorded a version of Children Of The Revolution for the film Moulin Rouge. …

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