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A fitting tribute and a fascinating insight,
This review is from: Ride a White Swan: The Lives and Death of Marc Bolan (Hardcover)
Lesley-Ann Jones has done it again! Her Freddie Mercury book was a fascinating insight into the whole music scene of the 70s and 80s as well as a terrific biography. I was expecting rather less with this book - after all, many of the leading characters have passed away, and my musical tastes took a bit of a side-step when it came to the glam rock era. What a surprise, therefore, to be absolutely hooked from the opening chapter onwards.
It all starts rather earlier than you might think because Bolan actually had a rather long, drawn out rise to fame. Along the way we get to know all about the so called Tin Pan Alley and the amazing characters who hung out there. It's all highly incestuous and like the most complicated Pete Frame Rock Family Tree you could imagine. As with the Mercury book, it's the attention to detail that sets Lesley-Ann Jones apart in her field. If others took so much trouble to check out conflicting stories and correct longstanding myths, they would probably have the reader fast-forwarding through the pages. With Lesley-Ann Jones, the detail serves to bring the characters alive and draw you further into the scenarios. That said, she can be wonderfully succinct when required - her half-page summary of the economic climate in the 70s that led to punk rock and, ultimately, Thatcher, is the best I have ever read.
It's a fitting tribute to a star who should have received more acclaim another terrific insight into a musical era that continues to fascinate.