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T. Rex's Marc Bolan, always famous -- and flamboyant
By Emili Vesilind
It was Aug. 11, 1973, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Onstage was Marc Bolan, the enigmatic singer of T. Rex, in a shiny purple jumpsuit unzipped to his navel, wailing on a Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar. A halo of bushy hair swung around his face, grazing a satin waistcoat with an attached cape.
The outfit was on the tame side for Bolan. The singer -- a former teen model who founded the band in 1967 -- spawned a sea of eyeliner-wearing copycats ( David Bowie included) after he performed on the British TV show "Top of the Pops" in satin and full makeup. Click here to continue reading.