T. Rex's Marc Bolan was almost a busted flush when — in 1977, the last year of his short life — he returned with renewed punk vigor and a decent album called Dandy in the Underworld. Six months before his death, Paul Morley interviewed him for the March 19 issue of NME——Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
THE SCENE: Offices somewhere in London... Marc Bolan, just returned from some tryout dates in France, professes to having a tummy bug — but in neat soft green suit he looks healthy enough... his right leg kicks out a lot, he seems more nervous than I am.
One of precious few genuine early '70s rock'n'roll stars (I can think of two others — one now a graciously indulgent semi-recluse, shades, corkscrew hair, rasp-twist; the other well into hurt-confuse manipulation). The one I mean is Bolan. If you don't think so, then you're being as bigoted as you probably think Bolan is. Ya-boo sucks to you if you agedly assumed that he was always earnestly serious.
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