Long before there was [lastfm]Jack White[/lastfm],[lastfm]Wolf Mother[/lastfm] and anyone else whom wears eye liner and glitter, glam-rock was epitomized by [lastfm]T. Rex[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm]Marc Bolan[/lastfm].
September 16th, 2010 marks the 33rd Anniversary of the untimely death of 29 year old [lastfm]Marc Bolan[/lastfm].
Born Mark Feld on September 30th, 1947 in Hackney, England, Feld went on to change his name to “[lastfm]Marc Bolan[/lastfm]” and helped pioneer the glam rock era; making him one of the most recognizable stars in British rock music.
Sadly, Bolan would meet his unfortunate fate only two weeks shy of his 30th birthday, when he and his girlfriend/singer Gloria Jones were in a car accident that claimed Bolan’s life and left his girlfriend in the hospital with serious injuries.
Many mythologies surround the short life of Marc Bolan, many of which seem something of folklore and curse.
In an eerie interview with British talk show host, Russell Harty, Bolan prophesizes his own fate. At the 9:04 mark in the video below, Marc Bolan discusses his self-prophecy (Click Video To Watch):
Additional and stranger circumstances also surround the death of Marc Bolan:
- Bolan never learned to drive, fearing a premature death. In 1977, he was a passenger in a purple Mini 1275GT driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones. The car collided with a sycamore tree killing Marc and injuring Jones. The license plate on the car was FOX 661L – which coincides with a T.Rex lyric:”Life is the same and it always will be, Easy as picking foxes from a tree.”
- In 1964, Bolan wrote a song entitled, “The Road I’m On (Gloria)” which includes the lyric:
“..The road I’m on gal won’t run me home”. Bolan met his girlfriend Gloria Jones in 1969, whom would
later drive the car the night her and Bolan were in the fatal accident.
- Marc Bolan’s favorite painting was a Magritte art piece entitled, “September 16th” – this painting featured a a single sycamore tree with a moon. The collision that killed Bolan was with a sycamore tree that resembled the Magritte illustration.
- The T. Rex song, “Celebrate Summer” contains the lyric “Summer is Heaven in ’77” .
Marc Bolan died on September 16th, 1977.
- The fate of the remaining T.Rex band members was also subject of mythology and curse. Two other band members met untimely ends: Bassist Steve Currie also died in a car crash in 1981, while drummer Steve Peregrin Took slipped and choked on a cherry in 1980. Mickey Finn, the last remaining member, succumbed to illness in 2003.
Watch T. Rex inspire generations of rock musicians in this classic performance of “Buick Mackane”. A song later covered in live performances by Guns N’ Roses.
[Sources: YouTube, Wikipedia]