Speed read: 10 juiciest bits from Lesley-Ann Jones’ biography of Marc Bolan
5. Marc was too fey for Americans
Despite having huge success during the glitter-rock era in 70s Britain, Marc never caught on in the States. Simon Napier-Bell theorises: “He tried like mad. Toured and spent money. Dreamed. But as always with Marc, there was more dreaming than actual reality. I’m not sure the US would ever take to someone like him. He was too ephemeral. He was too fey for them. Marc’s elfin image and flippant chat when he was being interviewed just wasn’t the American style.” Hmm… tell that to Jobriath!
6. Despite being a fan of JRR Tolkien, Marc may never have read any of the books
Lesley-Ann Jones believes that works such as The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings ‘were far longer, denser and more intellectually demanding’ than the flighty Bolan could ever tolerate. Instead, Marc’s girlfriend, June Child, used to read Tolkien’s novels to him. ‘Mark would absorb, in broad brushstrokes, as much as he required to be able to write “in a similar vein” himself.’