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LESLEY-ANN JONES'S RIDE A WHITE SWAN







 Lesley-Ann Jones - Ride A White Swan - a biography of Marc Bolan

"Marc Bolan was a childhood idol of mine. His hits sound-tracked my early teens. His brief career, violent death and high-profile funeral transformed him into a cult figure of eternal fascination, and made him the James Dean of Rock. But who was Mark Feld, the precocious North Londoner behind the cool glam star?" - Lesley-Ann Jones

 

RIDE A WHITE SWAN

The lives and death of
MARC BOLAN

by

LESLEY-ANN JONES 

 

 Lesley-Ann Jones Published by Hodder

September 13th 2012

Hardback & eBook



At the peak of his popularity Marc Bolan was outselling Jimi Hendrix and The Who, and yet, relatively little is really known about this hypnotic and enigmatic star. In her new biography, respected music journalist and broadcaster Lesley-Ann Jones is given access to those who knew Bolan best, and paints a vivid and revealing portrait of a legend

Published to tie in with the 35th anniversary of Marc’s death, and his 65th birthday, Lesley-Ann Jones digs deep into Marc Bolan’s life, and follows him from his childhood growing up in Stoke Newington through his meteoric rise to fame, his descent into a drug-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, to his tragic and untimely death. Lesley-Ann interviewed everyone from Marc’s brother Harry Feld and Jeff Dexter, Marc's oldest and closest friend, to his former band mate and last-surviving T-Rex member Bill Legend, his former partner Gloria Jones and his son, Rolan

Through these interviews Lesley-Ann Jones uncovers fascinating new material on Marc’s and adolescence. During this time his desire to be a star coloured all his actions and relationships, including that with his first manager, Geoffrey Delaroy-Hall, who was probably 15 year-old Marc’s first gay lover and started a pattern of flirtations and affairs with those who could advance his career. Never a man to do things by halves Marc Bolan’s flamboyant love life reads like a film script and epitomizes the swinging sixties he grew up in

Lesley-Ann also examines his complex relationship with friend and rival David Bowie, and through insights from those in Marc’s circle, in particular Tony Visconti who produced many of both Marc and David’s hits, builds a picture of a relationship founded on mutual liking and respect and tempered through fierce jealousy and competition. Lesley-Ann discovers that despite their ups and downs, Marc and David remained firm friends and were even planning a full-scale collaboration in the lead up to Marc’s death


 

 Lesley-Ann Jones & Simon Napier Bell

Lesley-Ann Jones studied Modern Languages in London and Paris before moving to New York to become a freelance journalist. She joined Chrysalis Records in London in the mid-1980s, working alongside Blondie, Spandau Ballet, Ultravox, Jethro Tull, Pat Benatar, Go West and The Special AKA.

 

She co-presented prime-time Saturday night magazine show 'Ear-Say' at the inception of Channel 4, joined pop guru Phil Swern on Capital Radio's You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet, and appeared on Radio Clyde's Bill Padley Show with singer-songwriter Jim Diamond.

On the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and YOU magazine she worked as a feature writer, touring with Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Queen. Relocating to Los Angeles, her contributions to titles in the UK and Europe, USA and Canada, New Zealand and Australia included interviews with Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch and Brigitte Bardot. On BFBS Forces Radio she gossiped weekly with the late Tommy Vance. She also wrote and co-produced documentaries on Stevie Nicks, Ken Russell, Jermaine Jackson, Naomi Campbell, and with her father, award-winning sports writer Ken Jones - on 'Players, Fighters & Writers'. Other TV work included Fax!, Music Box and Livewire in the UK, and E! Entertainment and Hard Copy in the US. At Vintage TV in the UK she acted as Showbusiness Editor, and wrote and presented the rock interview series 'Me & Mrs Jones', produced by Richard Hughes for Transparent Television.


She has worked as a columnist on The Sun, The Daily Mail, The News of The World and The Sunday Express; she contributes features to the Mail on Sunday, and is the author of eight published books including ‘Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography’.

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HOMEMARC BOLAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC (for the children)UNZIPPING THE ABSTRACT - The Marc Bolan Story