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Watch dazzling trailer for ‘AngelHeaded Hipster: the Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex’

New star-studded documentary film celebrates the king of glam rock

By Charlotte Krol

Marc Bolan of T. Rex sits in grass playing an electric guitar
Marc Bolan of T. Rex. (Picture: Press)

The trailer for new documentary film AngelHeaded Hipster: the Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex has landed.

Directed and written by Ethan Silverman, the film is a fresh look at the creativity of the late glam rock pioneer, with interviews featuring David Bowie, U2, Nick Cave, Elton John and more.

AngelHeaded Hipster… is released in UK cinemas on 22 September and will be available to watch on home entertainment from 6 November. It had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in June.

The BMG Production produced by Bill Curbishley is described as “a celebration of Marc Bolan, combined with a behind-the-scenes look at the tribute album of the same name released in 2020″.

Archive and new interviews as well as performance footage are combined with old footage to trace the T.Rex frontman’s life from his teenage years digging through Carnaby Street dustbins with Bowie to his death in a car crash in September 1977 aged 29.

Director Silverman said: “Bill Curbishley and I want to move Marc Bolan from footnote to headline. While still a beloved figure in the UK and amongst some musicians and music fans, we feel he never received his due especially considering his enduring influence.

“Marc Bolan’s unique spin on Rock’n’roll, use of rhythm, poetic wordplay, and gender fluid fearlessness deserve a fresh look. This film is neither a biopic nor a ‘making of’ documentary, rather it is a celebration of creativity looking backward and forward at the same time.”

In other news, rare records and memorabilia from acts including John Lennon and Bolan went under the hammer last summer as part of an auction of BBC DJ John Peel’s sprawling archive.