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Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. With Bolan’s special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs, the band had a string of huge hits throughout the 1970s including Love to Boogie, Telegram Sam, Jeepster and 20th Century Boy.

T.Rextasy have now been performing around the world for over 25 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. The band is now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages - If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you!

Five things you may not know about Marc Bolan

  1. He foresaw the circumstances of his own death.

Marc never learned to drive because he feared a premature death. However, when talking with early manager Simon Napier-Bell he revealed his heroes included Chet Baker and James Dean. “Well, be careful having James Dean as a hero because you might end up dying in a Porsche.” To which Marc replied: “Oh I’m just tiny, I’d like to die in a Mini.” Marc died on 16 September 1977 when the black Mini 1275GT driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones crashed in Barnes, south west London.

  1. He headlined the first Glastonbury festival.

The first festival held at Michael Eavis’ Worthy Farm was the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival on 19 September 1970, the day after Jimi Hendrix died. Some 1,500 people saw, among others, Wimborne native Al Stewart, West Country legends Stackridge and, after advertised headliners The Kinks and Wayne Fontana failed to show, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Marc Bolan’s folky duo who closed the show. Within a year they had shortened their name to T.Rex and a legend was born.

  1. He had a thing about Beau Brummel.

Marc Bolan identified with the Regency dandy who is widely credited with establishing the men’s suit worn with a necktie as standard formal dress. Like Brummel, Bolan saw himself as a living work of art and identified with his hero’s sartorial elegance and attitude.

  1. He invented characters from childhood

Marc’s brother Harry Feld remembers that if ever he was picked on Marc would invent a character that was stronger than his assailant, taking his name from Mighty Joe Young the 1949 fantasy film about a gorilla.

  1. He had a single banned by the BBC

After his career as a Dylan-esque singer songwriter failed to take off, Marc’s manager put him with another band he was looking after called John’s Children. They sank without trace but not before their Bolan-penned single ‘Desdemona’ was banned by the Beeb for the line “Lift up your skirt and fly”.

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