Marc Bolan

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Marc Bolan in 1973

Marc Bolan (/ˈblən/ BOH-lən; born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was one of the most important musicians of the glam rock movement in the early 1970s. He was known for being part of the band T. Rex.[1] Bolan was born in London. His career began in 1957.

Bolan's March 1971 appearance on the BBC's music show Top of the Pops, wearing glitter on the face while performing "Hot Love", is seen as the beginning of the glam rock movement.[2] From 1973, he started mixing rock music with funk, soul, gospel, disco and R&B.

Bolan never learned to drive because he was scared of dying young.[3][4] He died in a car crash two weeks before his 30th birthday on 16 September 1977 near London.[5]

Bolan was posthumously honored into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.[6]

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  1. Peraino, Judith (31 December 2006). Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig. University of California Press. p. 229. ISBN 9780520215870 – via Google Books.
  2. Petridis, Alexis. "Why Marc Bolan was 'the perfect pop star', by Elton John, U2 and more". The Guardian. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  3. Hebblethwaite, Phil (15 September 2017). "40 years on: 6 things you possibly didn't know about Marc Bolan". Bbc.co.uk.
  4. Brown, Mick. "Behind the glitter". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022.
  5. Bignell, Paul (16 September 2012). "Mystery of Marc Bolan's death solved". The Independent. London. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  6. "Class of 2020". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 August 2020.