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Author: Paul Roland
ISBN: 0956683401
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Pages 304 pages
Publisher Tomahawk Press; 1 edition (May 7, 2012)
Language English
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by Paul Roland


Paul Roland chronicles the life and music of the vibrato-voiced glam rock idol and 20th century boy who created . Paul Roland has written the definitive book about Marc Bolan; an overdue reassessment of his sadly short but significant part in rock and roll history.

Paul Roland chronicles the life and music of the vibrato-voiced glam rock idol and 20th century boy who created some of the most instantly appealing and enduring songs of the 70s - 'Ride A White Swan'.

Paul Roland chronicles the life and music of the vibrato-voiced glam rock idol and 20th century boy who created some of the most instantly appealing and enduring songs of the 70s - 'Ride A White Swan', ''Hot Love', 'Get It On', 'Telegram Sam', 'Children of the Revolution' and 'Solid Gold Easy. Action' - in what appears to have been a fevered rush to cheat Fate.

Roland knows more about Bolan than any other living being, (Tom Hibbert, New Music News) Marc Bolan was the biggest pop star in post-Beatles Britain and in 1972 the Beatles acknowledged Bolan and his group . ex as their natural successor

Roland knows more about Bolan than any other living being, (Tom Hibbert, New Music News) Marc Bolan was the biggest pop star in post-Beatles Britain and in 1972 the Beatles acknowledged Bolan and his group . ex as their natural successor. His singles outsold the combined sales of Jimi Hendrix and The Who. But just when Bolan was at the summit of his success it all went sour.

The estimable Paul Roland, himself a songwriter of distinction, is surely the biographer Marc Bolan would have wished for. This isn’t to say that Cosmic Dancer is an exercise in sycophancy – far from it – but more that Roland’s consummate understanding of the process of songwriting. This isn’t to say that Cosmic Dancer is an exercise in sycophancy – far from it – but more that Roland’s consummate understanding of the process of songwriting, recording and performing affords him an insight beyond the ken of journeymen hacks.

Paul Roland has written the definitive book about Marc Bolan; an overdue reassessment of his sadly short but .

Paul Roland has written the definitive book about Marc Bolan; an overdue reassessment of his sadly short but significant part in rock and roll history. -Andy Ellison Author Paul Roland discusses his book about Marc Bolan in the Jewish Telegraph. From the Inside Flap. Paul Roland chronicles the life and music of the vibrato-voiced glam rock idol and 20th century boy who created some of the most instantly appealing and enduring songs of the 70s - 'Ride A White Swan', ''Hot Love', 'Get It On', 'Telegram Sam', 'Children of the Revolution' and 'Solid Gold Easy Action' - in what appears to have been a fevered rush.

Books : Cosmic Dancer: The Life & Music of Marc Bolan (Paperback) Roland knows more about Bolan than any other living being, (Tom Hibbert, New Music News) Marc Bolan was the biggest pop star in post-Beatles Britain and in 1972 the Beatles acknowledged Bolan and his group.

Roland is the author of more than 40 books on the subject of mysticism, crime and the occult Cosmic Dancer - The Life and Music of Marc Bolan (biography 2012). The Nazi Files (2014).

Roland is the author of more than 40 books on the subject of mysticism, crime and the occult. Cosmic Dancer - The Life and Music of Marc Bolan (biography 2012).

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Roland knows more about Bolan than any other living being, (Tom Hibbert, New Music News) Marc Bolan was the biggest pop star in post-Beatles Britain and in 1972 the Beatles acknowledged Bolan and his group T.Rex as their natural successor. His singles outsold the combined sales of Jimi Hendrix and The Who. But just when Bolan was at the summit of his success it all went sour. This is the incredible story of Marc Bolan's rollercoaster rise to fame and his resurrection as the selfstyled 'Godfather of Punk' that promised to put him back on top until the fatal accident in 1977 which cut short his life and hopes of a comeback - an accident mysteriously accurately predicted by Bolan himself. Paul Roland chronicles the life and music of the vibrato-voiced glam rock idol and 20th century boy who created some of the most instantly appealing and enduring songs of the 70s - 'Ride A White Swan', ''Hot Love', 'Get It On', 'Telegram Sam', 'Children of the Revolution' and 'Solid Gold Easy Action' - in what appears to have been a fevered rush to cheat Fate. Cosmic Dancer is a truly definitive account of one of the most colourful and contradictory characters in rock, and features a cover by the renowned artist George Underwood and is illustrated with many rare and previously unpublished photographs. This is going to be my year Everybody remembers Rudolph Valentino and I am determined that everybody will remember me. (Marc Bolan 1977) I never had any competition except from Marc Bolan I fought like a madman to beat him. (David Bowie) Sometimes I get a funny feeling inside me that I shan't be here very long and I'm not talking in terms of things like success. It frightens me sometimes. (Marc Bolan 1971) I am my fantasy. I am the 'Cosmic Dancer' who dances his way out of the womb and into the tombI'm just a rock and roll poet man who's just bopping around on the side I've always been a wriggler. (Bolan 1971)
Mot
Paul Roland has written a brilliant book about the life and music of Marc Bolan and his group T.Rex! Although many things have been written about Marc's short life and extraordinary career in music, after reading Cosmic Dancer I finally felt that I had the whole story. By taking great
care to convey the events of Marc's life within the context of the music industry at that time and the cultural influences of the society of the day a much clearer picture was made in which to understand and appreciate Marc's motivations, thinking, creativity, and behavior. This is just what I was looking for as the person born Mark Feld was such a unique character that I could never get a grasp on who he was. He appeared not to be real but more like a mythical character from a fairy tale.

In this book, Marc is not so much an enigma but a human being. His character traits and life circumstances are depicted straightforwardly and honestly, without sensationalism or judgement. I learned more than ever before about the people in his life who played a significant role in events and the influence they had on him, both personally and musically. People like his producer Tony Visconti, Ringo Starr, and his wife June Child.

I especially enjoyed reading the accounts and details surrounding the production and recording of each of his studio albums beginning with the first Tyrannosaurus Rex album 'My People Were Fair...', through 1977's 'Dandy in the Underworld. There is plenty of interesting information about the music industry at that time and the condition of the recording studios that artists had to work with. Adding to this are enlightening facts and stories about Marc's individual approach to crafting his songs and some of the inspiration and meaning behind the lyrics. All combined I got a much better understanding of how Marc transformed himself from a shy British boy with no musical training and no means to get him started, to a Rock and Roll icon who is still loved 35 years later!

Having this story updated at this time has answered many questions I have had all these years. As a teen in the US I truly loved Marc and T.Rex and felt his music was much more exciting and interesting than many of the bands around at that time. It's sad to know he felt he had failed for not having more "success" here since he was really appreciated by many of us. The accounts in the book of his US tours gave me a much better understanding of what went so terribly wrong.

If you like to read about British Rock and Roll of the 60's and 70's and how the music industry operated in those days (a real eye opener), you will enjoy this book. You will also learn more about one of the most incomparable characters in Rock history, Marc Bolan.
Bine
Terrific book for the true Marc Bolan fan. Thoroughly researched, well written, not the usual, tired, pat story that is told and retold. Highly recommended.
Fountain_tenderness
It's amazing to me that they haven't made a feature length movie on Bolan's life.
artman
I've been looking forward to the arrival of this book for a while now, as I know the author has a fine Bolan pedigree both as a fan & musician in his own right.

I'm pleased to say, he hasn't disappointed, this is an excellent addition to the many Bolan related books already out there, with some interesting interviews & angles on the Bolan story that should interest long term fans & newcomers alike. I was initially a little sceptical about the dramatisation of some of the scenes from Bolan's life, but doubts were soon dispelled as I became wrapped up in the dialogue & the stories.
Included are lots of interviews the author has gathered over the years, including an old friend of Bolan's from the early sixties which are of particular interest.

The balance is very good too, with equal care being given to the Tyrannosaurus Rex period (my personal favorite) and the more familiar T.Rexstasy of the early seventies.
Not afraid to pull any punches, the darker side of Bolan's (all too brief ) career is also explored.
Readers may find themselves disagreeing with some of Paul's personal opinions on a few of the songs, but I guess I'd rather hear an honest opinion than an 'everything Marc did was genius' type approach (although everything Marc did was genius!)

Well written, with an obvious passion and respect for its subject and well illustrated with some excellent photos & memorabilia. As a long time Bolan fan myself I thoroughly enjoyed it, a few minor gripes aside, I'd give it "A Beard of (5) Stars".
Uriel
I would highly recommend this book to Bolan fans old and new. It tells the fascinating story, in depth, of one of the great icons of British popular music. The author expands on and goes deeper into many stories that have only been touched on in the past. His detail is supported by an impressive array of first-hand interviews with the people who were there with Bolan through good times and bad. This `turning of every stone' will leave some reader's feeling a little uncomfortable as sides of Bolan are revealed that are not very attractive. However, what shines through is Roland's great love and admiration for his subject and the inspiration Bolan has brought to his life and so many others. In the early 70's Bolan's star shone more brightly than any since The Beatles. This glorious time is well documented and every line here helps you live those heady times again. Each chapter is illustrated with relevant, rare and unseen, photos from the period covered. There is an extensive discography and a beautiful cover portrait by George Underwood. This volume has been many years in the writing and Paul didn't want it published until he felt he had the experience and skill necessary to do it justice. He has produced a book of which he should be very proud. Anybody interested in Bolan should give this book a read and remember: "Keep a little Marc in your heart".