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The tragic death of Marc Bolan

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In 1977 Marc Bolan, singer from Glam rock group T.Rex, died in a car crash in London. The Singer, song-writer poet, a guitarist was only 29. Marc Bolan was born on 30th September 1947, Hackney London. Died -16/9/77 Barnes, Richmond upon the Thames. 

hits Include “Ride a White Swan” – 1970, “Children of the Revolution” – 1972 “Metal Guru” -1972 “Telegram Sam”-1972 “20th Century Boy” 1973


There is a Marc Bolan Shrine, on the B306 not far from Barnes Rail station 10 gipsy lane London SW15 5RG. This is a country lane, on an unlit roadway, no pavement, where the accident happened. Without digging too deep, his mini car hit a tree, on a dark blindspot type bend.  Bolan was not driving his American Girlfriend singer Gloria Jones was, who survived. Their small son Rolan Bolan, was not in the car.  They were returning to Bolan’s home in Richmond after a night out in central London Mayfair.

Images of the car wreck, on a vintage newspaper front, or subsequent years later, “tell-alls.”  Catchy stories claiming fresh statements, new spins, too much graphic detail, is not where this story will go.  It is too off-putting and it brings no difference to the outcome. It is far from celebrating the end of a bit of 70s music nostalgia by a London Lad. So much to say about someone who did a lot in a short life. We will open another post about Bolan, that is not dwelling on tragedy.

Moving in other mysterious ways

The song Mystic Lady contained the words “Pleasant crescent moon”.  Which pops up later.  The more you get to know about the life and times of Marc Bolan the more interesting the mysteries are around some connections about this life and sadly about his departure.

Bolan never learned to drive and had no licence. He had a fear he would die in a car crash like some of his idols did, James Dean, Eddie Cochran.  Bolan has been associated with having some connections to predicting how he would die in other ways too.  For example, Bolan, another Musician, Andy Ellison,  his manager Simon Napier Bell, were joking about the kind of what-if scenarios for a way for Someone famous to tragically exit.  A what if car crash in a white Rolls Royce was suggested, Bolan seemed to have another eerie premonition because he stated that for him, it would have to be in a Mini.   Author Paul Roland has comprehensively followed this artist over time and written and resourced amazing information about Bolan. Roland, reports of another Chilling coincidence, of a premonition.   Bolan was looking at this painting of a tree at night with a crescent moon superimposed on it, by Rene Magritte, the Belgian surrealist artist in the Louvre Art Gallery. The title of that artwork “Sixteenth of September”!

One can not move on from this topic without mentioning TV.

Bolan had his own TV show in 1977, “Marc”, produced by Muriel Young, directed by Nicolas Ferguson. Shown on Granada Television for ITV.

Stars included The Jam, Radio Stars, Showaddywaddy, Bay City Rollers, Mud, 10cc, Boomtown Rats, Roger Taylor from Queen, Rosetta Stone, Generation X, and others.

 In the link below is the final show he made before his death. This final episode 6 filmed on the 7th of September 1977, but not shown until after the funeral of that same year. The Series had 6 weekly episodes which were the first broadcast 24th August 1977 and with the break, ended on the 28th of September 1977. The full episode below shows a performance of David Bowie and then a short duet of Bolan with Bowie two legends.

Marc Bolan is buried in Golders Green Crematorium, Barnet, plot West Statue Rose bed, Section 5, plot E 35979. Memorial ID 1259.



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