WELCOME TO THIS FREE SITE UPDATE
Its a busy time for us at TAG. Not only with a visit to Marc's Shrine to clean, tidy and polish again earlier this month, but also with the work behind-the-scenes to do with the MARC BOLAN Rose. Orders are now being taken for the Rose.
You should log in and order via the Members Site.
ALREADY OWN A PLAQUE
You should have already been sent a password to access Your Ordering Page. If you have bought a plaque and have not received an Email please EMAIL US
DON'T HAVE A PLAQUE YET?
You can now buy a Special Offer Pack with a Wall Plaque, One or Two Rose Bushes and Two Years Membership to TAG's Marc Bolan & T.Rex Club. If you live in the UK the price includes all P&P (for the plaque and the Rose Bush(es). If you live in Europe the price includes P&P for the plaque, but NOT for the Rose Bush(es). You will be billed by the Rose Grower for that before your Rose Bush(es) are despatched.
MARC'S SHRINE - 7th MARCH, 2012
There is a Photo Gallery showing our latest Visit to Marc's Shrine. We would have included our photos from the January 2013 visit, but unfortunately the memory card became corrupted so we lost the photos :-(. We made sure that didn't happen this time and took plenty fo photos of the site as the bulbs grow. We will be visiting again before the end of March because by then more bulbs will be out.
Many Tanx to Club Member Crystel from Germany for her wonderful gifts. Check out the photo gallery Crystel :-)
As well as the Photo Gallery we have uploaded a new Video (the first of 2013) into the 2013 Video Player
FORTHCOMING BBC4 PROGRAMME TO FEATURE MARC'S SHRINE
We were astounded that Marc's Shrine is to be included in a BBC4 Series of six programmes entitled "PAGANS AND PILGRIMS". Episode One was broadcast on the 7th March, 2013) and here is the info for the fourth programme in the series which will be broadcast on Thursday 28th March. Here is the description for that programme:-
"This week, Ifor sets out on perhaps his most surprising journey in a bid to understand the appeal of shrines. For those outside the Catholic and Orthodox Church, the ancient tradition of visiting a shrine to venerate the bones of a dead person - however holy - can seem quite alien. Ifor's voyage to understand why saintly relics have played such a major role in our religious history begins at an unlikely starting point: at the side of a road in South London where T-Rex frontman, Marc Bolan, suffered a fatal car crash.
Fans still come here to remember a man most of them never met. Even things celebrities have merely touched can change hands at auction for eye-watering prices. Is today's celebrity memorabilia the modern day equivalent of what, in mediaeval times, would have been called relics?"
We have added a new Video to the Video Player (along with the first trip to the tree video - see above) and this clip is from the start of Episode One.
And Marc is being included because of his Shrine. They do not have The very fact that Marc's Shrine is being featured is a testiment to how important and significant it is. And because Marc's Shrine is considered important, it raises Marc's Profile along with it. Realistically Marc's Shrine, firstly being recognised by the English Tourist Board and now being used as the ultimate Rock Shrine has been risen above the level of 'just' a Shrine for a dead Rock Star to something far more Special.
Something far more Significant.
Many fans talk of their 'Pilgrimage' to the Shrine and as the programme information says for a "man most of them never met*" . Many save up for many years to be able to make just one visit to it.
* We wonder if whoever wrote this knew of the Bessie Smith line of Marc's lyrics?
As the programme suggests that is exactly what Pilgrims did in the mediaval times when they visited places of personal significance. We at TAG are also very aware that for many fans the dream of the Pilgrimage to Marc's Shrine will never be realised which is why TAG posts regular Photos and Videos. We like to think that our photos and videos allow people to do their own 'Virtual Pilgrimage'.
We also add tributes to the Shrine which we are sent by fans who cannot pin the messages on the Memory Board themselves, and we get messages from fans delighted to see their own tribute on the tree and/or Memory Board.
THAT'S IT FOR THIS UPDATE
Until the next update, KALMIYH
Written by Kevin Warner (TAG Chairman), typed and html'ed by TAG Secrerary Fee Warner.
WELCOME TO THIS FREE SITE UPDATE
The Members Site has also been updated as it was in February as well as January. For all the updates, including our fantastic pdf Newsletters which is a wonderful way to make sure our updates can be archived nicely and can of course be printed off should you wish. All members receive a News Bulletin whenever the site is updated, so why not Join The Club now.
MARC'S SHRINE ON BING MAPS
These are images from Bing Maps which like Google maps allow you to 'walk' around places in the world. These images are included in the new 33 page Members pdf Newsletter (Issue 007), but are also available to non-members Here.
MARC'S SHRINE PHOTOS AND VIDEO
We haven't had time to include photos from our visits to Marc's Shrine this year, but should be able to include them with our next update.
MARC'S SHRINE IN 1991
These photos were shared with us on our Facebook page. It is Marc's Shrine in 1991 and we felt sure you'd be interested to see how it looked back then. Many Tanx to one of our wonderful German Members - Gudrun Heckl See Gudrun's Photos Here
MARC'S SHRINE AND TAG IN THE GUARDIAN UK NEWSPAPER FRIDAY 25th JANUARY, 2013
This is included in the Members Newsletter Issue 007, but for the benefit of free site visitors here is the link and text to this guardian article from Friday 25th January, 2013. If you notice Marc is the only Rock Star included from the UK. No mention of Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix of others ... just Marc. Nicely written by someone who is clearly up-to-date. Nice to see links included to our own site here and also to our Face Book Page:- https://www.facebook.com/MARC.BOLANS.SHRINE page too.
"Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine, Barnes, London
The creator of glam rock tragically met his end in 1977 aged 29 when his car hit a tree on Gipsy Lane at the side of Queen's Ride. Now a site of pilgrimage for thousands of fans, the "Bolan tree" and Rock Shrine, which features a bronze bust of the star, unveiled by his son Rolan Bolan in 2002, attracts most fans on the anniversary of his death on 16 September, when they can sign the official Marc Bolan Shrine Visitor's Book.
The tree is now safeguarded by the T-Rex Action Group which became legal guardian of the shrine, runs a web fanzine and recently created a Marc Bolan rose, in flamboyant cerise, to be available for sale this year."
Visit the Original Guardian Page using this link:- http://www.guardian.co.uk
SPOTLIGHT ON THE TAG SITE: FEBRUARY HISTORY
Many members won't know that this web site was formed in 2000 as an amalgamation of three web sites:-
1) Fee's own Marc Bolan & T.Rex Web Site founded in 1996. This contained an illustrated Biography, Articles, Photos and listings and reviews of events and had a Black, Grey, and White colour scheme.
2) The original TAG web Site established in 1999 with a Black, White and Red colour scheme, was dedicated specifically to TAG's project to build steps at Marc's Shrine and to Save The Tree.
3) The Official Marc Bolan Fan Club Web Site (1999 - May 2000). The colour scheme Fee chose for the OMBFC Web Site is the Blue, Red and White one you see here now. In 1999 Fee was approached to design a web site for www.Marc-Bolan.com. When the domain was sold in May 2000, the entire site which was Fee's work was removed and the back-bone of that site was merged with the other two web sites to form the TAG Marc Bolan Web Site, which at that time was entirely free.
The TAG Members Site As the web site grew and more videos and mp3's were added to the site the cost of paying for the domain names, server space and ever increasing band width became prohibitive to maintain as a free site with all the fees being paid out of Kevin and Fee's own pocket. That is when the site was split so that TAG can maintain the free site while being able to expand the Members Site to include more Videos, More Photo Galleries and well, more of everything. New for 2013 is the addition of a pdf archive of out of print fanzines and other things of interest and for February the new addition is the original hand typed 1979 edition of The Marc Bolan Biography written by Paul Sinclair (Rowland). In March the reprinted typeset version of Paul's Book will be included.
THE MARC BOLAN ROSE
We have been asked how the project is going and to date there is no further news. Obviously at the moment everything is still 'sleeping' but we look forward to bringing you more news as soon as we can. Naturally, Members will be notified first. If you havbe missed anything you can catch up on the main MARC BOLAN Rose page and you can still but one of our wonderful Limited Edition Wall Plaques which will give you preferential allocation of Rose Bushes as soon as they go on sale :-)