Archive for the ‘T.REX/MARC BOLAN’ Category

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Marc On TV

February 18, 2013

In 1977 Granada TV began producing and airing the MARC TV show starring Marc Bolan of T.Rex fame. The shows aired on British television and also featured such up & coming punk & new wave bands like Boomtown Rats, The Jam, Generation X as well as Hawkwind and Bolan’s good friend, David Bowie. Unfortunately the show only ran six weeks as Bolan was killed in a car wreck on September 16, 1977.

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Great (Jane) Scott!

February 6, 2013

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Shown here are some photos of legendary rock music journalist Jane Scott interviewing T.Rex’s Marc Bolan in 1972. T.Rex appeared in Cleveland twice that year, on February 25 at the Yorktown Theatre and on September 28 at the Allen Theatre (which I attended).

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Jane Scott, along with Gloria Stavers, was one of the first women to cover rock music. She was the country’s first music critic for a major daily newspaper (Cleveland Plain Dealer), a gig she held for nearly 50 years. From the Beatles to Duran Duran, she saw and interviewed them all.

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Jane Scott, who retired at age 82, passed away on July 4, 2011 at the age of 92. On July 5, 2012 the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Jane. Her papers, files and memorabilia were donated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.

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‘The Slider’ Turns 40

November 27, 2012

Now remastered for the first time by Tony Visconti, this classic album – released in July 1972 on the back of three chart-topping T.Rex LPs – provides a perfect snapshotof the era the press dubbed ‘T. Rextasy’ and is proof of Bolan’s extraordinary and enduring appeal across the generations.

The Slider contained two UK Number 1 hit singles, Telegram Sam and Metal Guru – the latter famously regarded by Morrissey as “pop perfection”. It was the first to bear the T.Rex Wax Co imprint, a seal of approval from EMI Records, who felt Bolan sufficiently important to warrant having his own record label.   On the accompanying DVD, Tony Visconti recalls the making of the album in an exclusive new 105-minute interview with Bolan biographer Mark Paytress.

The DVD also features TV footage including performances of Telegram Sam and Metal Guru from Top Of The Pops, ITV performance footage of Cadilac, Spaceball Ricochet and Telegram Sam, plus Marc’s interview with Russell Harty from 1972. Rounding off the DVD is footage of Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn visiting EMI’s pressing plant, a TV advert for The Slider and a US promotional film of Buick Mackane.

Tony Visconti has also written a special essay for the 48-page hardback coffee-table book included in the box, which also features a 6,000-word essay by Paytress, rare photos and reproductions of archive material. Also included in the set, which comes in a sturdy 12” x 12” box, is a 180g vinyl pressing of the original album, its two spin-off singles and a repro of the hugely collectable promo-only Chariot Choogle 45, all in facsimile T. Rex Wax Co paper sleeves.   Rounding off the package is a 40-page book of the sheet music for every song on the album, an A2 poster, sticker, plastic carrier bag, sew-on patch and facsimiles of an original Bolan fan club letter, membership card, rosette and concert ticket.

CONTENT INCLUDES:

2 x CDs / 1 x DVD / 1 x 180gram vinyl LP / 3 x 7” singles

48 page casebound book

Liner notes by:   • Tony Visconti   • Mark Paytress   • Marc Bolan

105 minute filmed interview with Tony Visconti

Top Of The Pops and other TV appearances

40 page book of sheet music

Poster

Plus reproductions of memorabilia and ephemera

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Leaving On A Jet Plane

October 4, 2012

Marc Bolan prepares to fly off to some part of the world for a T.Rex gig(s) sometime back in the 70’s.

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Marc Bolan & Friends Pt. 2

September 30, 2012

Here is another collection of photos of Marc Bolan hanging out with some of his better known friends. In addition to appearing on stage with various bands & performers throughout his career Bolan also appeared on numerous singles and albums by other performers.

Happy Birthday, Jeepster!

David Bowie & Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan & Robert Plant

Elton, Marc, Ringo

Harry Nilsson & Marc Bolan

Keith Moon & Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan & Alice Cooper

Marc Bolan & Dave Vanian

Marc Bolan, Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney

George Harrison & Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan & Ringo Starr

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Marc Bolan’s Civic Duty

July 12, 2012

This was a 1976 poster produced & issued by the Health Education Council based in London, England that utilized T.Rex’s frontman Marc Bolan in a year long anti-smoking campaign. One of Britain’s biggest stars, Bolan’s contribution was used to encourage young girls to not start smoking.

Bolan also made television appearances on behalf of the anti-smoking campaign appearing on such British programs as Nationwide and others. The Health Education Council also stressed the £150 per year cost to fund a pack-a-day smoking habit meant girls would be with less money and would be considered less attractive to the opposite sex (hence, Bolan’s ‘look’). Today, a pack of cigarettes a day in Britain costs over £2000 per year.

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Taking It To The Streets

July 4, 2012
 
Here is an interesting piece of history. From 1965 in London:  The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), an anti-nuclear organization that advocates unilateral nuclear disarmament by the United Kingdom, international nuclear disarmament and tighter international arms regulation, held the Aldermaston March, from the Atomic Weapons Establishment near Aldermaston to Trafalgar Square, London. At the far left is a 17-year-old Marc Bolan (then in the band, John’s Children, several years before forming T.Rex) along with such notables as Joan Baez, Donovan, Tom Paxton & Vanessa Redgrave.
 
(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!
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Marc Bolan & Friends

July 4, 2012

Here is a collection of photos of Marc Bolan hanging out with some of his better known friends. In addition to appearing on stage with various bands & performers throughout his career Bolan also appeared on numerous singles and albums by other performers. Just a few examples are:

Marc Bolan contributed to Ike & Tina Turner’s 1970’s singles Nutbush City Limits, Baby-Get It On & Sexy Ida. Bolan’s second wife, Gloria Jones, was a one time back-up singer/Ikette for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.

Marc Bolan plays guitar on Ringo Starr’s “Ringo” album. The hit song, Back Off Boogaloo, was written by Starr as an acknowledgement of a slang term coined by Marc Bolan.

Marc Bolan was invited to Alice Cooper’s recording sessions in London during the recording of Alice Cooper’s Billion Dollar Babies. Bolan played guitar on Slick Black Limosine, Hello Hooray & Elected.

Alice Cooper, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson & Marc Bolan

Marc Bolan played guitar on David Bowie’s single, The Prettiest Star.

Marc Bolan played dual lead guitar on ELO’s Ma Ma Ma Belle with Jeff Lynne.

Marc Bolan & Jeff Lynne

Marc Bolan played guitar and did some prodcuing for Donovan in a Munich recording studio for Donovan’s 7 Tease album.

Marc Bolan & Donovan

Marc Bolan played guitar on Cockney Rebel’s lead singer Steve Harley’s Amerika The Brave album and co-wrote the song Madmen with Harley.

Marc Bolan sang back-up vocals on Marsha Hunt’s recording of My World Is Empty Without You.

 

Bowie & Bolan

 

Marc Bolan, just months prior to his untimely death, performed with David Bowie doing the song Standing Next To You on Marc Bolan’s MARC television show.

Marc Bolan & The Rats

Billy Idol & Marc Bolan

The Ramones & Marc Bolan

Elton John & Marc Bolan

Elton John, Marc Bolan & Rod Stewart

Keith Moon & Marc Bolan

Stan Lee (!), Marc Bolan & Roy Wood

Bowie & Bolan

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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Some Best Dressed T.Rex Fans

July 4, 2012

Here are a few photos of  ‘best dressed’ Marc Bolan/T.Rex fans.  35 years after his untimely demise, Marc Bolan still has an impact on music, culture and fashion.

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‘Electric Warrior’ Gets 40th Deluxe Packaging

February 14, 2012

Coming for world wide release on May 1, 2012, Polydor will release the reissued 40th Anniversary edition of the iconic T.Rex album Electric Warrior as a 2-CD/1-DVD deluxe box set. Legendary producer Tony Visconti has done the remastering of the LP. The special Disc #2 will include Demos & Out-Takes with 20 of the tracks previously unreleased. The third disc will be a special 40th Anniversary DVD that spotlights ten rare performances as well as promotional videos.

Elton John is seen with the band for “Get It On” from a 1971 Top of the Pops episode. Other performancesncluded are from the aforementoned Top of the Pops TV program and Germany’s Beat Club. Also included will be out-takes from the Empire Pool Wembley, which are out takes from the Born To Boogie film.

The set comes packaged in a lavish box containing a 32-page hardcover book containing new liner notes by Mark Paytress, along with a multitude of photos, memorabilia, a coaster, a poster and a press release replica.

T. Rex, Electric Warrior: Deluxe Edition
Fly Records HIFLY 6, 1971 – reissued Universal/Polydor, 2012

CD 1: Original Album plus Single A & B Sides
Mambo Sun
Cosmic Dancer
Jeepster
Monolith
Lean Woman Blues
Get It On
Planet Queen
Girl
The Motivator
Life’s A Gas
Rip Off
There Was A Time / Raw Ramp (from Bug single BUG 10, 1971)
Hot Love (from Bug single BUG 6, 1971)
King Of The Mountain Cometh (from Bug single BUG 6, 1971)
Woodland Rock (from Bug single BUG 6, 1971)

CD 2: Demos and Outtakes
Electric Warrior Poem – Rare US Radio promo
Mambo Sun – Instrumental 
Cosmic Dancer – single-vocal version
Jeepster – single-vocal version
Monolith – no backing vocals version
Lean Woman Blues – single-guitar track – Work in Progress
Get It On – Full Length version
Planet Queen – acoustic version
Girl – New York demo
The Motivator – Work in Progress
Life’s A Gas – Studio out-take
Rip Off – Instrumental
Raw Ramp – London demo version
Electric Boogie – London demo version 
Honey Don’t – Studio out-take / Work in Progress 
Planet Queen – Acoustic solo / London demo version 
Girl – Acoustic solo / London demo version 
Jeepster – Electric home demo version 
Get It On – Acoustic home demo version 
Untitled instrumental – studio out-take 
Electric Warrior Poem and radio advert. US Radio promo

DVD:
Hot Love from Top of the Pops, 24th March 1971. First time on DVD
Get It On from Top of the Pops, 20th December 1971 featuring Elton John
Jeepster from Beat Club, Germany. Previously Unseen Blue Screen Version
Life’s A Gas from Beat Club, Germany. Previously Unseen Blue Screen Version
Girl, Live at the Empire Pool Wembley, 18th March 1972
Cosmic Dancer, Live at the Empire Pool Wembley, 18th March 1972
Get It On, Official Promo
Jeepster, Official Promo
Jeepster from Beat Club, Germany. Broadcast version
Life’s A Gas from Beat Club, Germany. Broadcast version

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Gotta Love It!

January 22, 2012

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‘Gettin’ It On’ For Four Decades

January 6, 2012

40 years ago this month, T.Rex’sBangagong (Get It On)’, one of my all-time favorite songs (gee, ya think?) hit the USA Billboard Top Ten charts. While it ‘only’ reached as high as #8 in the USA charts, it was a huge million-selling plus mega-hit in Britain. The song, which clocks in at 4:25 has now become an iconic song of the 70’s and of British rock ‘n roll. 


 ‘Bangagong (Get It On)’, which appeared on T.Rex’s Electric Warrior album, was released as single on the Fly label in the IK and Reprise in the USA. Written by Marc Bolan, of course, the track was produced by Tony Visconti and engineered by Roy Thomas Baker.


 Besides Bolan the T.Rex band who recorded this included Mickey Finn, percussionist; Bill Legend, drums and Steve Currie, Bass. Background vocals were by the Turtles’/Flo & Eddie’s Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. Playing saxophone the track is Ian McDonald, who co-founded King Crimson and Foreigner with Rick Wakeman on piano and Burt Collins on flugelhorn. percussionist percussionist percussionist
 
Over the years the song has been used in films, television, commercials and a number of bands and performers have recorded their own versions.


 In 1971, British band Top of the Poppers covered “Get It On” on their Top of the Pops, Volume 18 album. When Blondie’s 1978 classic Parallel Lines was reissued a live recording of the song was included as a bonus song. In 1979 Witch Queen released a disco version while soon after Joe Perry recorded for his Joe Perry Project album Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker. In the past dozen years or so it’s also been recorded by The Boomtang Boys, Los Bunkers, Ministry, Cinema Bizarre, Porno Graffiti and in 2010 Carlos Santana recorded for his Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time with Bush’s Gavin Rossdale on lead vocals.

Fly Records – UK 45 RPM Record Sleeve

The song was featured in many films, including The Stoned Age (1994), Blue Juice (1995), Billy Elliot (2000), The Trip (2002), Meet the Fockers (2004), Flying Boys (2004), Jarhead (2005), The Bank Job (2008) and Barney’s Version (2010) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2010).

Get it on, indeed!

‘Get It On’ UK Chart History

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Ultimate Marc Bolan/T.Rex Album Art

January 5, 2012

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Proper Fashion Taste (?)

November 27, 2011
 
I very, very rarely wear T-Shirts. Hardly own any compared to most. Only have a couple rock ‘n roll shirts, a Mott The Hoople ‘The Hoople’ and T.Rex’s ‘Electric Warrior’. Had a T.Rex ‘The Slider’ shirt years ago but it’s long gone, so imagine my surprise when I walked into a shop at a mall in New Philadelphia recently and there, amongst all the Michael Jackson and Bob Marley shirts, was one T.Rex t-shirt depicting ‘The Slider’LP.
 
Yeah, I bought it, thanks to a wave of nostlagia. And thanked the young lady for remembering us old folks.Anyway, I’m the last person who knows anything about fashion taste, but I’m not in bad company owning a T.Rex T-Shirt, to wit (below); Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Robbie Williams and Kelly Johnson of Girlsschool, Iggy Pop & Alice Cooper (above).

Among many others, I’m sure….!

 
 
 
 
 
And, of course, this (as-of-now) unkown future superstar!
 
 
 
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Born To Boogie, Indeed!

July 29, 2008
The cover of the BORN TO BOOGIE deluxe DVD set. Buy it!

The cover of the BORN TO BOOGIE deluxe DVD set. Buy it!

 My all time favorite film is A HARD DAY’S NIGHT featuring the Beatles. My second all-time favorite film is BORN TO BOOGIE despite having only seen it once, back in 1974 and then again in late ’77. It took from ’77 until 2006 until I was able to see it again when it was released in a deluxe DVD package.
 
I recall reading about it when it was first released back in the early 70’s in CIRCUS, CREEM, HIT PARADER and ROLLING STONE magazines and then remember a couple months later that myself and others were pissed because we read in (Cleveland) SCENE that it wasn’t going to be distributed in the USA. Until 1974 and I caught it. And then one Saturday evening circa late 1977 a buddy, myself and two dates were headed to Cleveland for dinner and a night out when an advertisement on the radio announced a special one-night only Midnight showing of BORN TO BOOGIE at the Mellett Mall theatre in Canton, OH. I freaked! Needless to say we ate, had fun in Cleveland and then headed south to Canton to catch the film.

 

Marc Bolan - The man behind T.Rex and T.Rextasy!

Marc Bolan – The man behind T.Rex and T.Rextasy!

 

Wish they had camcorders then cause I would have bootlegged it.

And then, decades later, they finally released it in the USA on DVD.

It’s a great film and really showcases Marc Bolan as a true rock ‘n roll star. Hell, he epitomized being what a true rock star was (no one has/had more fun being a ‘rock star’ on stage than Bolan and perhaps Paul Stanley).
 
Directed by Ringo Starr, who makes several appearances (along with Elton John), it’s basically a concert film interspersed with some sublime segments. Also in the package are two T.Rex concerts and a killer documentary hosted by Bolan’s son Rolan Bolan.
 
Worth the price of admission!
 
You can find out more about it here: http://www.borntoboogie.net

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