A glitter/glam rock linchpin, the 6th Bolan/T. Rex album inspired many who followed, and informed such diverse genres-to-come as punk, metal, and even disco fashion.
Rock and roll, baby! I love his infectious energy and slightly cheeky, unashamedly provocative stage presence. How fortunate were you to experience all this live!
Good piece. Have gotten into Bolan/T. Rex more over the years, in part thanks to "Billy Elliot." Our son was connected to the Broadway musical/national tour for several years, eventually working his way up to playing the title role. We watched the movie what seemed like hundreds of times, and the choice to use the Bolan/T. Rex tracks always struck me as inspired.
Interestingly, given his relationship to Bolan, Elton John wrote the music to the musical. It was his follow up to Lion King.
This was a fun read. I can tell you enjoyed writing it. I'm green with envy that you saw T. Rex on his Slider tour! Super rad. I adore the first three T. Rex albums ('Jewel' is such a killer groove!). I also like the magically whimsical Tyrannosaurus Rex albums (especially 'A Beard of Stars'). On my first visit to England, I left London for a few days and visited Stonehenge and Glastonbury Tor. It was foggy, and ravens were flying around. It was hard not to hear faint whispers of Bolan's music in the cold, foggy air (maybe it was just my imagination!).
MARC BOLAN : THE ULTIMATE ROCKSTAR.
Still one of my favourite albums.
So many video gems in this piece that I'd never seen (or heard) before! Electric Warrior was a favorite of mine from I think my late teens. I was too much of a hard rock/metal kid to be able to appreciate T. Rex younger than that. Of all the so-called Glam bands, I hear Bolan's influence on bands and artists of the later generations the strongest.
In terms of loudest concert I've ever attended? It would be a tie between Parliament Funkadelic and Grinderman. I'm pretty sure I lost hearing at both shows. I remember Garry Shider's guitar solos in particular felt like a funky knife to my skull. It's funny to think of T. Rex as being the loudest band especially because there is so much space in their songs. Bands like Jesus and Mary Chain often were labeled the loudest often because of their wall of sound approach.
This is wonderful. Bolan is the one person I never got a chance to see in concert, and I am terribly jealous of anyone who has. I have been obsessed with him since I was a teen (and I am just a tiny bit younger than you are.)
I don’t know if I can remember all my concert goings...that’s a long time back!!
My loudest concert, since you’re asking 😏, was The Romantics at The Boathouse. It was sometime between 1985-1992, and I think I remember this so vividly since I was up really close to the speakers! I also remember Soul Asylum and Living Color being extremely loud there too. Hurt so good for sure!!
Great stuff; I'm sure I'll get to 'Rip Off' at some point before 2025.
This album particularily is the essence of what I think Rock and Roll was. Still love these songs today. Excellent article.
I kind of feel sorry for the old southern blues guys, who didn't seem to get any credit for their shaping of the next 3 or 4 decades of music. But I appreciate it!
Great article about a glam rock icon. Like Jobriath, Bolan left this Earth too soon. I’m glad his music sees a resurgence every few years.