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Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published January 20th 2019
Site of a true music legend

You really can find some of the most unexpected things in London...

On a quiet unassuming road, located between Putney and Barnes, is a site that may well be as interesting for music lovers as the famous Brixton David Bowie/ Ziggy Stardust graffiti image. Dating from more or less the same era came another tragic musician, though this one is maybe slightly less in the current public conscious.

There was a band that, in the 1970's, could almost lay claim to being even bigger than David Bowie, a band that was the personification of Glam Rock, and a front man to rival them all - he was Marc Bolan, and the band was T-Rex.

The shrine is actually located in the place Marc Bolan died, with the tree that the car crashed into when his girlfriend lost control of the vehicle on the bridge near Gypsy Lane still standing there. Though the tale is unfortunate, the site is significant, as it now has a plaque and bust to commemorate the life and times of the singer and band, with the shrine still regularly being visited by loyal fans to this very day.

The site is now recognised as "A Site of Rock 'n' Roll Importance", and so is worthy of your attention, even if you only have a passing interest in music - but remember the site is located by a busy road, so take care when looking, and respect the site itself - so many other followers can pay their respects to the glam rock god himself.

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Why? A shrine to one of glam rock's greatest stars
When: Anytime in daylight hours
Where: 10 Gipsy Ln, London SW15 5RG, United Kingdom
Cost: Free
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