In my archive I found these black and white photos which capture Bolan and his T. Rex band mates Mickey Finn, Steve Currie and Bill Legend as they are about to release the album Electric Warrior, which is among the best of Bolan's varied output.
Following on from the success of Hot Love, the Electric Warrior album contained the hits Get It On and Jeepster, which cemented the new rock style of T. Rex and created probably the greatest teen music craze since Beatlemania. But not everyone was taken in by Bolan's new direction. John Peel said his friendship with Marc and June effectively ended because Peel refused to play the new T. Rex single when it arrived at Radio One. He didn't specify which single it was, but having been such a fan of Tyrannosaurus Rex, he had to ask himself whether he would have played the record if he and Marc were not friends.
and while we're celebrating this music, let's have some more. Probably my favourite of the 1972 singles. And Mickey Finn is a riot on this.
Here's an article from the Daily Telegraph that summarises Marc's life and career, warts and all: