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Ride a White Swan

Ride a White Swan

*** By the Sunday Times bestselling author of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ***

From mod folk artist to flower power pixie elfin to the king of glam rockers, Marc Bolan was the ultimate chameleon. His far-reaching musical and stylistic influence is more relevant today than ever with hits such as ‘Ride A White Swan’, ‘Children Of The Revolution’, ‘Get It On’ and ‘Hot Love’ as fresh and exhilarating as when first released.

At the peak of his popularity during his lifetime Bolan was outselling Jimi Hendrix and The Who, and yet relatively little is really known about the hypnotic, enigmatic 20th century boy turned 21st century icon. At last, in the 35th anniversary year of his tragic death, Marc Bolan represents the definite biography.

Here rock biographer, Lesley-Ann Jones, paints a meticulous portrait of the T-Rex front man. From his childhood growing up in Hackney to his untimely death at the age of 29, Bolan’s life was one of relentless experimentation and metamorphoses. Hallucinogenic drugs, wizardry and levitation, alcoholism, tax evasion and a spectacular fall from grace were to punctuate his short life, as he continued to strive to reinvent himself and his music over and over again.

Lesley-Ann has been granted access to those who knew Bolan best, including his partner and the mother of his only son, Gloria Jones and his brother, Harry Feld.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Arts & Entertainment

On Sale: 13th September 2012

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781444758801


'Heartfelt and fascinating.'
Bob Harris OBE
'Important missing pieces of the complicated short life that was Marc Bolan's. It is a sensational read.'
Tony Visconti
'this is "THE" Marc Bolan biography . . . balanced rather than sensationalist, something the Bolan fan base will appreciate.'
Classic Rock Radio
Brimming with insight from family members, friends, managers, musicians and white-knuckled rock and rollercoaster riders who shared the dips and dives of Bolanmania, this book is a cracker of a read.
Keith Altham, Rock writer and press agent, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Small Faces, Van Morrison and Marc Bolan
'This book is a great read. Bolan was one of the most enigmatic and important performers of his age.'
Frank Allen (of The Searchers)
Lesley-Ann Jones brings my old friend almost back to life in this brilliantly observed and detailed account of a fascinating man who lived an all-too-short life. The first book to show us the real Marc.
Steve Harley
Lesley-Ann Jones asserts that Freddie Mercury's was a "big, extravagant, multifaceted life", and the rock journalist has certainly done a sterling job of documenting it here.
<i>Daily Telegraph</i>, Australia
'A timely update coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Queen and the 20 years since their frontman's death'.
The <i>Sun</i>
Exactly the sort of tribute Mercury himself would have wanted ... full of perceptive and moving insights.