T Rex’s Marc Bolan and Stamford Hill featured in new exhibition


From left to right: Miki Simmonds, Peter Sugar, Mark Feld. Photo:  Town Magazine 1962 by Don McCullin

Long before the big hair and glam-rock make-up, T-Rex’s front man Marc Bolan was a fresh faced 15 year old Mark Feld of Stamford Hill, who hung out with his friends at the local amusement arcade.

Stamford Hill ModsThe Genesis of Marc Bolan will tell the story of early modernist culture, fashion and music, in the area in the 1960s.  50 years ago international war photographer Don McCullin took pictures of 15 year old Mark Feld and friends in Stamford Hill, for Town Magazine.

Special additions to the display will include an original 1962 Bilgorri suit and a 1962 two tone Vespa GS160 scooter, personalised by Eddie Grimstead, the scooter dealer to all the mods in East London.

Miki Simmonds who grew up in Stamford Hill and was one of the Mods pictured with Mark Bolan said: “It’s the year 1960 and I’d just turned 18.  We were full of energy, youth was eternal and life was yet to be, we thought we were going to live forever.

“We were Mods. Ace Faces. We were the Stamford Hill boys – this was our meeting place, our turf.”

On display will be photographs, early 45 vinyl records, Mod magazines and a copy of the original Town Magazine. Memories of handmade suits and bum freezer jackets, as well as the old Mod hang-outs, such as the ten pin bowling alley and the amusement arcade in Stamford Hill.

The free exhibition opens 7 November and will run until 26 January 2013. For further details visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/museum

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday, who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and runs a London based pet sitting business. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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