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Rolan Bolan – Photo Credit: Zoe Battles
In the annals of rock and roll history, one of the most pronounced artists in terms of swagger, charm and justified cock-sure confidence in his craft was Marc Bolan of T. Rex. Before his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 29, T. Rex become an iconic force in his native Britain. During his 12 years as a recording artist, he released almost 20 albums under various guises. While often associated with a force in the glam rock world, he also explored ’60s mod, psychedelic folk, arty soul and proto-punk, being one of the first major members of Britain’s rock royalty to openly embrace and promote punk rock. The sharp, primal riffs of hits like “Get It On” cut through genres and eras.
In light of the fact that T. Rex has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolan Bolan (son of Marc Bolan and singer Gloria Jones) has come forward with an official statement in this regard.
“It is truly exciting for my father Marc Bolan and his band mates to be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It has taken some time, but his music has influenced musicians all around the world. From the powerful guitar riffs and mystical lyrics, their music embodied the rush of Beatle mania and the feeling to find the groove in your own beat. This will be a true honor and a chance to reach a new audience all around the world. Keep a little Marc in your heart,” says Rolan Bolan.
Just a few months ago, Bolan presented his own rendition of ‘20th Century Boy’ together with LA-based collective Beauty in Chaos and The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey, along with a fun-filled retro-inspired video, created by Industrialism Films and directed by Vicente Cordero.
This track is off the new Beauty in Chaos album Beauty Re-Envisioned. This rendition definitely sounds more like T. Rex than the industrial-fueled version featuring Ministry’s Al Jourgensen that appears on Beauty In Chaos’s debut LP Finding Beauty in Chaos.
Rolan Bolan explains his involvement in the project: “When Michael came to me about Beauty In Chaos and doing ‘20th Century Boy’ , I first thought ‘here we go again, another T. Rex cover, but once I heard the track and talked with him about the love and respect he has for my father’s music it just made sense. It was great timing for me as I was just beginning to get back into making music and we just clicked in the studio. My Dad was so influential to so many, and at times it’s been hard for me to understand what that really means. I’m really proud of what we’ve done here and I believe he would be too.”
“Most definitely, Marc was a BIG reason not only why but how I play guitar. He was a brilliant performer and a underrated guitarist. I think a lot of times, the award show things get it wrong. I like to think the RRHOF finally got it right here. There are plenty of artists already inducted that Marc greatly influenced. I am trilled for Marc, the band and the Bolan family that are getting the deserved recognition. I feared it would just be an American popularity contest. For whatever reason, his popularity did not translated to the States. To hear someone think Power Station wrote ‘Get It On’ (Bang A Gong)’ is a crime,” says Michael Ciravolo.
“I know that would probably be no Bowie, Slade, and Mott The Hoople if not for Marc. This list is only the tip of the iceberg in my opinion. Getting to record ‘20th Century Boy’ with Marc’s son Rolan is certainly on my personal Top-10 great moments in my life. Having Rolan tell me he thought his dad would love the version and the video is still surreal. I was blessed to be one of the first people Rolan called to tell, so I knew for a few days prior to the public announcement.”
Beauty in Chaos’ also involves many music luminaries, including Simon Gallup (The Cure), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Pete Parada (The Offspring), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T (Body Count), producer Tim Palmer, guitar icon Zakk Wylde, Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Rolan Bolan, Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson), Michael Aston and Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), Evi Vine, Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Betsy Martin (Caterwaul / Purr Machine), Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine / Kommunity FK), Ummagma and KITTY LECTRO, among others.
Beauty Re-Envisioned is available on deluxe CD, limited-edition heavy-weight colored vinyl, and digitally. CDs and vinyl can be ordered directly from the band at their WEBSITE Apart from the 14 core tracks, orders placed via the website also come with 11 bonus remixes.
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