FRENDS 'GUTTER' REPLY
30th SEPTEMBER 1971
In Rolling Stone Magazine (dated 16th September 1971) Bolan having been asked about his former partner's whereabouts, replied:-
Two weeks later (30th September 1971) Frendz printed the following letter:
Of course what Bolan's new 'teenie bop' audience failed to grasp at the time was that Bolan had, himself lived in the same 'gutter' (Ladbroke Grove) during his Tyrannosaurus Rex years'. Then it had been good enough for Bolan even if he preferred to forget that phase of his life once stardom arrived. Steve Took's reply went largely unread by Bolan's 'teenie bop' audience who generally neither read or even knew about underground magazines like Frendz preferring the mass produced 'teenie bop' magazines of which 'Jackie' reigned supreme.
Bolan biographer's, coming as they did largely from the 'teenie bop' audience used sources they were aware of, and also sources which fitted the 'image' of Bolan they wished to preserve, so Took was dismissed as being in a 'gutter' and his letter of reply remained buried. It was reprinted in the #1 issue of the Pink Fairies Fanzine Kings of Oblivion edited by Paul Cox published as a limited edition run of just one hundred copies in 1976.
P.S. Yes he was! (The truth is the truth even if some don't like it!)
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