NEW MARC BOLAN BIOG & TRIBUTE SHOW FOR 35th ANNIVERSARY
"RIDE A WHITE SWAN - The lives and death of Marc Bolan" by Lesley-Ann Jones is published by Hodder on 13th September 2012 in hardback and eBook, priced £19.99. At the peak of his popularity Marc Bolan was outselling many other stars, and yet, relatively little is really known about this hypnotic and enigmatic star. In her new biography, respected music journalist and broadcaster Lesley-Ann Jones is given access to those who knew Bolan best, and paints a vivid and revealing portrait of him.
Published to tie in with the 35th anniversary of Bolan's death, and his 65th birthday, Jones digs deep into his life, and follows him from his childhood growing up in Stoke Newington through his meteoric rise to fame, his descent into a drug-fuelled rock'n'roll lifestyle, to his tragic and untimely death. Lesley-Ann interviewed everyone from Marc's brother, his former band mate and last-surviving T-Rex member Bill Legend, and his manager Simon Napier-Bell to his former partner Gloria Jones and his son, Rolan Bolan. SongLink editor David Stark also helped with the research and is quoted in the book as well.
Through these interviews, Lesley-Ann Jones uncovers fascinating new material on Marc's childhood and adolescence. During this time his desire to be a star coloured all his actions and relationships, including that with his first manager, who was probably 15 year-old Marc's first gay lover and started a pattern of flirtations and affairs with those who could advance his career. Never a man to do things by halves, Marc Bolan's flamboyant love life reads like a film script and epitomizes the swinging sixties he grew up in. Jones also examines his complex relationship with friend and rival David Bowie, and through insights from those in Marc's circle, in particular Tony Visconti who produced many of both Bolan's and Bowie's hits, builds a picture of a relationship founded on mutual liking and respect and tempered through fierce jealousy and competition. Lesley-Ann discovers that despite their ups and downs, Marc and David remained firm friends and were even planning a full-scale collaboration in the lead up to Marc's death.
THE TRIBUTE CONCERT
On Saturday September 15th, friends and fans of Marc Bolan will take to The O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire stage to celebrate his musical legacy. The show will be hosted by Noddy Holder & Lynsey de Paul, and features T.Rex producer Tony Visconti on bass, T.Rex fans Marc Almond and Boy George, John's Children band-mate Andy Ellison, T. Rex saxophonist Howie Casey, glam-rock contemporaries Alvin Stardust and Steve Harley, Level 42's Mike Lindup, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, singer Linda Lewis plus many others.
The show has been organised by the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, a registered charity that provides assistance to members and ex-members of the Performing Right Society and their families, which benefits from all royalties officially donated from Marc Bolan's estate for many years. The fund helps people who are unable to work because of illness, accidents or disability and we help those who may find things more difficult as they get older. We also support the immediate families of members and ex-members. For more information please visit our website.
"Ride A White Swan" at Amazon
Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Concert