Marc Bolan and Gloria Jones at Rod Stewart’s party at Morton’s on the night that he died. Although many of his songs refer to cars, Marc Bolan himself was deathly afraid of driving, fearing a young death. Despite owning his famous white Rolls-Royce (among many other ostentatious vehicles) he never learned how to master an automobile. On September 16, 1977, two weeks before Bolan would have turned 30, returning from a party thrown by Rod Stewart, he was killed when the purple Mini being driven by his girlfriend, American soul singer Gloria Jones (she recorded the original version of Ed Cobb’s “Tainted Love”) hit a chainlink fence and then a tree near Gypsy Lane in Southwest London. Neither passenger was wearing a seatbelt. The accident occurred less than one mile from Bolan’s mansion in East Sheen. The funeral held four days later at the Golders Green Crematorium was attended by Les Paul, Rod Stewart, Bolan producer Tony Visconti, Eric Clapton and a contingent of sobbing fans. A swan-shaped floral arrangement calling to mind Bolan’s first big hit record, “Ride a White Swan” was displayed at the ceremony.
Pierre Debusschere is a young Belgian visual artist, photographer curator and director. Heutilizes innovative technologies to create high impact visuals. His work is immediately recognisable; high contrast and bright images produced using pyrotechnics and chemistry processes that have appeared in countless editorials and advertisements. The visual artist-director-extraordinaire has exhibited internationally and has collaborated with many prominent design houses likeDolce and Gabanna and Colette.