Starring T. Rex, directed by Ringo Starr! Part concert film, part Magical Mystery Tour, all rock n roll!
Curated by Markus Fiedler
Total Runtime: 1:01:16
This movie, directed by Ringo Starr (1972), is a document of T. Rex during their biggest year and of the charisma of the star of group, Marc Bolan. About 80% of it is concert footage recorded on March 18, 1972 in front of 10,000 fans. It also contains an jam session featuring T. Rex, Ringo and Elton John as well as several eccentric and surrealistic fantasy vignettes vaguely reminiscent of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. Overall, it's an exuberant film that gives a good representation of the T. Rex experience at the time. It includes the songs Bang A Gong (Get It On), Jeepster, Hot Love, Telegram Sam, Cosmic Dancer, an excellent Children of the Revolution and more. This is a first rate and painstaking restoration from 16mm. T. Rex producer Tony Visconti, who recorded the original concert, restored and remixed it and the sound is great.
T. Rex had just had a great year in 1971 with several successful singles and the release of the Electric Warrior album. Ringo approached Bolan with the idea of making a movie about the band for Apple Films. Ringo himself was one of the cameramen for the sold-out concert used for the film. The Slider album was released in July and Born To Boogie came out in December. Sadly, Marc Bolan died less than five years later in a tragic car accident.
T. Rex was one of the greatest bands of the era and in 1972 they were at the peak of their fame. They had a massive following and T. Rextasy almost had the feel of Beatlemania at the time. Marc Bolan was a charismatic, witty and charming frontman and the father of glam rock. He refracted the values of 1950's rock 'n' roll, added lots of glitter and kept the idea of the three minute pop single alive in the early 1970's when certain elements in rock music were becoming bloated and pretentious. As a result, T. Rex has remained an important influence over the years on hard rock, punk, new wave, and alternative rock. Born To Boogie shows T. Rex at their very best and it is a not only a great movie for Marc Bolan fans but it provides and fascinating insight into that era and the intensity of T. Rextasy.