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ANGELHEADED HIPSTER: THE SONGS OF MARC BOLAN & T. REX TO PREMIERE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL IN JUNE


U2, Elton John, David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Nick Cave, Joan Jett, and acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe are among a star-studded cast set to pay tribute to the genius and pioneering influence of Marc Bolan, one of the greatest rock composers and musicians of all time in the latest feature-length documentary from BMG.

Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.

The film was financed and executive produced by BMG, written and directed by Ethan Silverman, produced by Bill Curbishley and Ethan Silverman, and is represented by Submarine Entertainment with Dan Braun as Executive Producer and International Sales Agent.

Fred Casimir, BMG EVP Global Repertoire, said, “Marc Bolan stands as one of the most influential musical figures of his time. Like David Bowie, he was one of the first artists to show a younger generation that it was okay to embrace being unique, express yourself, and break barriers. Now, more than ever, his music and style continue to speak to the next generation. BMG is proud to bring Ethan Silverman and Bill Curbishley’s visual document to this musical pioneer, alongside Hal Willner’s lovingly reimagined all-star tribute album, to the big screen and introduce Marc to new audiences.”

Silverman said, “Bill and I want to move Marc Bolan from footnote to headline. While still a beloved figure in the UK and amongst some musicians and music fans, we feel he never received his due especially considering his enduring influence. Marc Bolan’s unique spin on Rock & Roll, use of rhythm, poetic wordplay, and fearlessness deserve a fresh look. This film is neither a biopic nor a ‘making of’ documentary, rather it is a celebration of creativity looking backward and forward at the same time.” 

The film looks at where Bolan was headed musically and artistically before his life was cut short in a tragic accident at the age of 29. A folk-pop troubadour, Glam Rock’s metal guru, a pop star who burned as bright as any, a brilliant guitarist, the 20th Century Boy, style icon, and poet. Bolan was many things, but his golden era was in the late sixties and seventies when he was the biggest selling singles artist since the Beatles. Tragically he died in 1977 aged just 29, after a car crash in Barnes, London. In 2020, Bolan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The film follows the release of the extraordinary tribute album and musical companion album Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T.Rex by BMG in September 2020. Featuring 26 reimagined songs culled from Bolan’s vast body of work released as T. Rex and Tyrannosaurus Rex from 1968 to 1977, in addition to archival fan and performance footage, the film is distinguished as a living document combining a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album as the artists explore Bolan’s legacy as one of the most influential yet enigmatic rock stars of all time. In the film, early fans including Billy Idol and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) share fantastic reminiscences with additional appearances including Bolan’s partner Gloria Jones and son Rolan Bolan, Lucinda Williams, Beth Orton, Maria McKee, Snarky Puppy, Macy Gray, Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, Nena, and many others. 

Producer Hal Willner worked on the Angelheaded Hipster album for several years, with sessions spanning continents, from New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, to London, Paris, and Berlin. The album features a host of special guests Kesha, Joan Jett, Perry Farrell, Nick Cave, Devendra Banhart, Father John Misty, and Peaches, among many others, with arrangements by Thomas Bartlett, Steven Bernstein, Eli Brueggemann, J.G. Thirlwell, and Steve Weisberg. The film features Bowie’s long, deep and musical friendship, which is woven into the story by Bowie in archive and by Crowe and by Bolan's last partner Gloria Jones, alongside intimate family mementos and pictures never shared publicly before.

Angelheaded Hipster is the latest project in BMG’s growing line of music-related films and television projects, and the third film to be introduced by BMG in just the past month, following Moonage Daydream, the definitive new portrait of David Bowie, and DIO: Dreamers Never Die, the which recently made its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.

Additional films include the critically acclaimed Sundance Film Festival selections David Crosby: Remember My Name (2020 Grammy nominee Best Music Film) and the Joan Jett documentary, Bad ReputationRudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records; and Echo In The Canyon, one of the top-grossing documentaries of 2019. 

Recently, BMG partnered with Pulse and Quickfire Films and multi-Platinum, two-time BRIT Award-winning, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi for his debut feature-length documentary film and announced a multi-faceted global partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival to launch the definitive three-part documentary series, They All Came Down to Montreux, celebrating the history of the music festival.

06 Jul 2022 | Press release

Charlie B & Nicholas Causarano join WM Canada as A&R Directors

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06 Jul 2022 | Press release

Middlesex University London and the Association of Independent Music partner on pioneering Music Business MA for industry professionals

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06 Jul 2022 | Press release

Rapper Aitch Launches Free Travel Scheme To Help People Access Culture This Summer

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06 Jul 2022 | Press release

Music Industry Chiefs Urge Culture Secretary To Ditch 'Dangerous and Damaging' Plan To Allow Artificial Intelligence Firms To Data Mine The Music of UK Creators

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06 Jul 2022 | Press release

Amsterdam Dance Event Announces First Wave of Festival Lineup

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06 Jul 2022 | Press release

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05 Jul 2022 | Press release

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05 Jul 2022 | Press release

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05 Jul 2022 | Press release

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05 Jul 2022 | Press release

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05 Jul 2022 | Press release

European Parliament votes in digital rules with major impact on secondary ticketing

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05 Jul 2022 | Press release

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05 Jul 2022 | Press release

The Talent House, UD's Thriving New Creative Hub For Black Music And Culture, Officially Opens In East London

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04 Jul 2022 | Press release

Hipgnosis: Impact of Copyright Royalty Board III Decision

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04 Jul 2022 | Press release

Nordoff Robbins raises £750K

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04 Jul 2022 | Press release

The Oram Awards 2022: announce annual open call for innovation in sound & music

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04 Jul 2022 | Press release

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04 Jul 2022 | Press release

Iconic music magazine MOJO launches new ‘The MOJO Record Club’ podcast

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

Three Six Zero Announce Signing of New J-pop Supergroup SG5

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

Village Underground celebrates 15 years of independence

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

ASM Global celebrates wins for P&J Live and Olympia London at AEO Awards

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

UK Music Appoints Stephanie Haughton-Campbell as Director of Operations

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

PPL pays out £71.3 million to a record number of 113,271 performers and recording rightsholders in June distribution

  PPL, the UK's music licensing company for recorded music, today makes a payment of £71.3 million to 113,271 performers and recording rightsholders. This is the highest number of performers and recording rightsholders paid in a June distribution and follows PPL...more

30 Jun 2022 | Press release

Utopia Music enters exclusive partnership with Red Bee Media

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

Universal Music Group becomes the permanent home of Frank Zappa Estate

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

Logic signs to BMG

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30 Jun 2022 | Press release

Track Club Becomes TikTok Sound Partner

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29 Jun 2022 | Press release

Proper ink world ex. Americas distribution deal with Chrysalis & Tommy Boy

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06 Jul 2022

  • MMF: Open the Black Box to help fund talent development (see Opinion)

  • Who will replace WMG CEO Stephen Cooper? (see Analysis)

05 Jul 2022

  • Spotify, Netflix, and aggregation (see Analysis)

04 Jul 2022

  • US Copyright Royalty Board sets new rate (see News)

  • Calls for PPL and Australia's PPCA to forge neighbouring rights agreement (see News)

01 Jul 2022

  • PPL pays out to highest number of recipients ever (see News)

  • Future-proofing publishing services (see Comment)

  • Raye talks about artistic autonomy (see Features)

30 Jun 2022

  • Reports from MuscAlly's Web3 Sandbox Summit (see Features)

29 Jun 2022

  • The landscape of online fandom is shifting (see Analysis)

28 Jun 2022

  • Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’ and the long tail of ‘Show Me Love’ (see Features)

  • AEG's Jim King on his plans to build up BST Hyde Park (see Features)

27 Jun 2022

  • Churn in the era of dynamic retention (see Analysis)

  • UK celebrates biggest live music weekend ever (see Features, Reviews)

24 Jun 2022

  • Spotify revamps its Live Events Feed (see Digital)

  • Music’s future is here: It’s called streaming (see Comment) 

23 Jun 2022

  • The British music industry must do better on race (see Comment)

  • Spotify Advertising released its annual global trend report (see Analysis)