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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tomahawk Press (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956683401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956683403
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Paul Roland has written the definitive book about Marc Bolan; an overdue reassessment of his sadly short but significant part in rock and roll history." --Andy Ellison Author Paul Roland discusses his book about Marc Bolan in the Jewish Telegraph.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on 17 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I would highly recommend this book to Bolan fans old and new. It tells the fascinating story, in depth, of one of the great icons of British popular music. The author expands on and goes deeper into many stories that have only been touched on in the past. His detail is supported by an impressive array of first-hand interviews with the people who were there with Bolan through good times and bad. This `turning of every stone' will leave some reader's feeling a little uncomfortable as sides of Bolan are revealed that are not very attractive. However, what shines through is Roland's great love and admiration for his subject and the inspiration Bolan has brought to his life and so many others. The magic spell Bolan cast over this nation during 1970-72 is well documented and every line here helps you live those heady times again. Each chapter is illustrated with relevant, rare and unseen, photos from the period covered. There is an extensive discography and a beautiful cover portrait by George Underwood. This volume has been many years in the writing and Paul didn't want it published until he felt he had the experience and skill necessary to do it justice. He has produced a book of which he should be very proud. Anybody interested in Bolan should give this book a read and remember: "Keep a little Marc in your heart".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By purple-pie-pete on 3 April 2012
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I've been looking forward to the arrival of this book for a while now, as I know the author has a fine Bolan pedigree both as a fan & musician in his own right.

I'm pleased to say, he hasn't disappointed, this is an excellent addition to the many Bolan related books already out there, with some interesting interviews & angles on the Bolan story that should interest long term fans & newcomers alike. I was initially a little sceptical about the dramatisation of some of the scenes from Bolan's life, but doubts were soon dispelled as I became wrapped up in the dialogue & the stories.
Included are lots of interviews the author has gathered over the years, including an old friend of Bolan's from the early sixties which are of particular interest.

The balance is very good too, with equal care being given to the Tyrannosaurus Rex period (my personal favorite) and the more familiar T.Rexstasy of the early seventies.
Not afraid to pull any punches, the darker side of Bolan's (all too brief ) career is also explored.
Readers may find themselves disagreeing with some of Paul's personal opinions on a few of the songs, but I guess I'd rather hear an honest opinion than an 'everything Marc did was genius' type approach (although everything Marc did was genius!)

Well written, with an obvious passion and respect for its subject and well illustrated with some excellent photos & memorabilia. As a long time Bolan fan myself I thoroughly enjoyed it, a few minor gripes aside, I'd give it "A Beard of (5) Stars".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. C. Ewens on 29 April 2012
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This book captures Marc Bolan as a fully-rounded person, giving the most detailed picture of his personality yet produced and is extremely factually accurate. It is the most true to life portrait of the great man's life yet written. I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. I particularly enjoyed the sections on Marc's childhood and his early years in the record business, where the author seems to have the greatest insight into his art, and is probably at his most sympathetic in his assessment of Bolan's abilities and music.
Where the book most comes into it's own though is when describing the events during the height of Marc's fame, where Paul Roland truly excels in describing those heady times with a very well-chosen selection of quotes from all the people who knew the bopping elf the best. Unfortunately, some of the testimony from people who knew Marc can be quite damning, in particular the well-known account of roadie Mick O'Halloran, who recounts the tale of Marc lambasting him whilst drunk and coked up, causing a huge row. There are other indications that Marc could be violent and certainly could throw tantrums! The oddest thing of all though, is that in most cases however bad Marc behaves the interviewee inevitably tells us that they still loved him, whatever his failings!
The only problem with the book is that it possibly relies too heavily on journalistic responses to Marc. Indeed, it is Roland's background in journalism that most informs the book, giving it a hefty weight of factual data which brooks no dissension. The only trouble is that Marc's music is really the most unique & wonderful body of work ever to come out of England, and that even his worst songs (Zip Gun Boogie, for instance) are still quite marvellous, magical & completely timeless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By meganfleurphillips on 26 July 2012
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Strange, strange, strange!!! I really enjoyed the book, as I do every book about Marc Bolan and T.Rex (a huge part of my life growing up in 70s England). I can take little bits of everything the author says but his dislike of Marc cica 1974 onwards it a little too much to swallow. Bolans Zip Gun, in my opinion, is an excellent album, with Marc attempting to meld both soul and rock into something quite unique - and Futuristic Dragon is, without doubt, a classic!!! Jupiter Liar (F C F) brings us back to where we needed to be at that time (I actually had a fist fight with an Eagles fan who was nasty to say the least about Bolan circa 74-75). Drugs, drink etc. - good grief - he was in his mid 20s - what would you have done!!! Marc Bolan taught me to play guitar - taught me to think a little further than I might have done otherwise. Back to the book - the fantasy conversations made me smile - but I am left thinking the book has not yet been written regarding what Marc really meant to kids (like me) growing up in the 70s.
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