Speed read: 10 juiciest bits from Lesley-Ann Jones’ biography of Marc Bolan
7. Marc liked pie’n’mash’n’fish’n’chips
Marc’s driver, Cliff Wright, used to take the star out for a bite to eat… but not to fancy restaurants. “We’d go to pie’n’mash shops,” he remembers. “There was one on the Old Kent Road called Bert’s that he liked. He’d wait in the car; I’d go in for the pies. He knew he’d get mobbed if he was recognised. We did the pie-run often. A lot of time it was fish’n’chips too. He’d always rather have a pie than a big swanky dinner up West.”
8. We’ve gone off the Moody Blues
When Bolan’s publicist, Keith Altham, had a heart attack, a member of the Moody Blues (who were also one of his clients) called up the office to ask: “Where’s Keith?” Altham’s assistant, Alan Edwards, said: “Terrible news, he’s been taken ill and rushed into hospital.” “That’s all very well,” the guy snapped, “but I’ve got an album out next week!” By contrast, when Marc heard the news, he went straight to Altham’s office, rolled up his sleeves, and spent the rest of the afternoon answering phones.