Marc Bolan (Getty Images / Redferns / Estate of Keith Morris)
“I think I am a child. Everything blows my mind.” – Marc Bolan
Marc Bolan may have only been a petite five foot seven inches tall but his presence was gigantic . The glam rocker started the band Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1967, putting out four acoustic albums. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that he made chart topping hits, after he went electric and shortened the bands name to T. Rex. Producer Tony Visconti claims he used to scribble the shortened version of the name to Bolan’s dismay until eventually it grew on him.
You know a band has made their mark when 40 years later their songs are relevant and attractive to modern youth. It’s not a surprise that Bauhaus covered “Telegram Sam” in 1980. Ringo Starr took the front and back photographs on critically acclaimed album “The Slider.” They were shot the same day that his documentary on Bolan called “Born To Boogie” was filmed. Watch it below.