1977: Did Marc Bolan predict his own death?
The centrepiece was a huge white swan made out of chrysanthemums, a tribute to Bolan’s song Ride A White Swan.
According to Tony Visconti, who was there with his wife Mary Hopkin, the sad occasion turned into something of a circus.
“It was a Jewish ceremony. There was a rabbi reading a eulogy and Marc’s coffin was in the middle of these twin tracks, like on a railroad. The eulogy was beautiful, and then this funereal music started up on the organ. A big, robotic arm appeared out of a crack just in front of the coffin and moved it along the rails. A pair of doors opened up like the mouth of Hades. There were flames bursting out in front of us.
“At that moment Marc’s mother just shrieked: ‘My boy!’ I started crying and everyone lost it.”