1977: Did Marc Bolan predict his own death?
“I was in Berlin working and I immediately flew home for the funeral,” says Tony Visconti, Bolan’s longtime record producer. “It was such a jolt that I had to find the nearest place to get a drink. I remember gulping down about three shots of something just to handle the news.
“My PA back in London said: ‘The journalists want a quote from you.’ I went: ‘A quote? I can’t, I don’t have anything to say. It’s a tragic loss.’ I came up with something stock. I couldn’t really gather my thoughts. I couldn’t even believe he’d died.”
“I was sitting out in my garden. It was a sunny afternoon, if I remember rightly,” says Captain Sensible of The Damned. [On Bolan’s final British tour, supporting his 1977 album Dandy In The Underworld, he invited The Damned to join him on the road as T.Rex’s support band.]
“I was living with my mum and dad. Terrible isn’t it – don’t tell the press! We had a little semi-detached in Croydon. My mum came back from the shops and said: ‘Your pop-star mate, Roley or Boley or whatever his name was, has died.’ I said: ‘Not Marc Bolan!’ And she said: ‘Yes, I think that’s it.’ I ran round the corner, got an Evening Standard and there it was. It was true.”