T. Rex was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during today's ceremony, which aired on HBO. Ringo Starr introduced the band and honored the late Marc Bolan in his speech. "People knew him as a great musician, a songwriter, a guitarist, but he was also a poet and he was very proud of that," Starr said. “In fact, his poetry was just as important to him as his music. He had great style and was really different from anyone I have ever met. “Read the speech in full below and watch the full ceremony on HBO Max.
After Ringo Starr's speech, there was a video with remarks from Billy Idol and Joan Jett and archive footage from Tony Visconti, Elton John, David Bowie and John Lydon. "Marc has amazing sexuality," said Joan Jett. "I had a total crush on him."
Billy Idol added, “Marc had this TV show that he was doing. What was great was that he had different punk groups and was breaking down certain walls that didn't really care and had that "Eff You" attitude. All of these things spoke to us. He stood up for us [Generation X] and he stood up for us, and I've always thanked Marc ever since. "
Marc Bolan's son Rolan Bolan accepted the introduction of the Rock Hall on behalf of his father and the band. "I really believe my father was brought to this earth not only to play music but also to demonstrate his unique magnetism and charisma," said Bolan. You can also find his full speech below.
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Ringo Starr's introductory speech
From T. Rex, my good friend Marc Bolan. People knew him as a great musician, a songwriter, a guitarist, but he was also a poet and he was very proud of that. He always told me that he was the best-selling poet in Britain. In fact, his poetry was just as important to him as his music. He had great style and was really different from anyone I have ever met.
He was a great actor, just amazing, and that's why I called the movie we made together Born to Boogie because it really was. I said to Marc: "I'll bring the camera and everything else, you just bring yourself." We had a lot of fun together. I remember a lot of laughter.
We lost him way too young. In his short life he has made over 12 albums that are as ahead of their time as he is. With the help of Tony Visconti and his band T. Rex, Marc & # 39; s style has sparked many trends. They called it Glam Rock, with singles like "Get It On", "Children of the Revolution" and of course "Born to Boogie". But for me it was always just great music, and that's why people still hear T. rex today. There is no doubt that they belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Finally! And I am very proud to welcome you now. Peace and love to Marc, Mickey, Steve and Bill and peace and love to all fans of me and T. Rex. Peace and love!
Rolan Bolan's acceptance speech
It is a great honor for me to accept this award on behalf of my father Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex. I really believe my father was brought to this earth not only to play music but also to demonstrate his unique magnetism and charisma. He was inspired by American music, but formulated his own person and his own sound. The T. Rex sound continued to evolve when my mom joined the group and created a cosmic soul that tests both musical and racial boundaries.
When I think about this incredible honor of having my father and his band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I think about how I really didn't have a chance to know him very well. He was taken away from all of us so early in his life. I discovered his music the way you did – through my eyes and ears. When I was a kid watching MTV, Def Leppard's "Rocket" video came on and it contained clips of T. Rex's performance of "Get It On". That was my daily hello to my father. When I saw GnR and Slash were wearing slider t-shirts and looked exactly like my dad, I had to check out the Slider album and discover the T. rex sound for myself. I know my father would have been very proud to have received this. He always aspired to the top and here he is now. For my mother Gloria Jones, my Uncle Harry Feld, friends and fans around the world, keep a little Marc in your heart and long live T. Rex.