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Dark Tourism: Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine, UK - 08/25/2013

Marc Bolan - lead singer with English glam rock band T. Rex - died in the early hours of Friday 16th September 1977. His purple Mini was being driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones, when it swerved over a bridge and crashed headlong into a sycamore tree. Bolan was killed immediately. The tree itself, leaning over a small lane on the edge of Barnes Common in South West London, has since been preserved as a memorial shrine. I ventured out to pay homage to one of England's most celebrated fallen idols. Metal Guru The band 'Tyrannosaurus Rex' was founded in August 1967; exploding onto the music scene of hippy-era London with a distinctive blend of acoustic guitars, bongos and the unique vocal stylings of frontman Marc Bolan. By 1970 the band had adopted a harder, electric sound, shortened the name to 'T. Rex,' and were enjoying their first chart success with the single Ride a White Swan. The following years would mark the heyday of T. Rex, as they released now-classic albums such as T. Rex , Electric Warrior and The Slider . After 1973's Tanx however, the band would slide into a steady state of decline. Two of the original members, Bill Legend and Mickey Finn, left the band over the following year... accompanied by Bolan's split from producer Tony Visconti. Marc Bolan became increasing neurotic, gained weight, and isolated himself from friends and fans as he embarked on a self-enforced exile to Monte Carlo. The albums that followed were moving gradually in the direction of a sol...

Dark Tourism: Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine, UK

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