Bolan’s Millions 6

 

I first came across Marc Bolan when I heard my best friend’s older brother playing Tyrannosaurus Rex’s third album Unicorn. I was instantly smitten by this unworldly voice, warbling incomprehensible lyrics to chords bashed out on an old acoustic, accompanied by fevered bongos and tinkling pixiephone.

The few words I understood hinted at arcane secrets. It was just the thing to fire up an awkward 10 year-old; yet to discover pop music but already a precocious reader of science fiction and fantasy, and American comics. At that moment, I knew all I wanted to be was a hippie; and Sorcerer Supreme, if Doctor Strange was anything to go by. Not entirely irreconcilable goals, I might add.

With LPs like ‘My People were Fair and had Sky in their Hair, but now they’re Content to wear Stars on their Brows’ or ‘Prophets, Seers, Sages, the Angels of the Ages’ and ‘A Beard of Stars’ what was there not to like?

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6 thoughts on “Bolan’s Millions

  1. Reply Sally Cronin Apr 21,2017 5:27 pm

    Oh and by the way.. loving the new sharing buttons and have been on a spree…..

  2. Reply Sally Cronin Apr 21,2017 5:23 pm

    Brilliant post as always Paul and you have left people aghast at the millions left in the hands of the trusted trustees… appalling.. thank you for your contribution to the blog.. I am so pleased you decided to stay.

    • Reply Paul Apr 21,2017 6:24 pm

      Sally thank you for giving me the opportunity to showcase work on your brilliantly eclectic and justly popular blog. Much love- Paul X

  3. Reply Robbie Cheadle Apr 21,2017 6:03 am

    What a very sad tale of human error and greed. I do not know this music at all but this was a fascinating tale.

    • Reply Paul Apr 21,2017 6:27 pm

      That does seem to be the common thread of a lot of the posts… greedy business men cheating creative people out of their just earnings… Although in this case I don’t think Bolan was entirely blameless and the terribel timing of his death smacks of the hand of fate. Luv PX

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