Marc Bolan’s Rock Shrine in London, United Kingdom
Father of the glam-rock trend during the 1970s along with his band T. Rex, Marc Bolan was tragically killed, like so many rock stars far too young, in a car accident in London in 1977
Despite his influence on the pop cultural landscape of the 1970’s, the site of Bolan’s death was never officially recognized, however thanks to the musician’s devoted fans, a shrine has been erected that continues to grow to this day. The tribute to the musician began when lovers of Bolan’s music began making pilgrimage to the site where the car in which he was a passenger collided with a tree. Visitors began hanging notes and trinkets from the sycamore tree the car had hit, which eventually spread to a posting board next to it. After years of devotional offerings being placed on the "Bolan Tree" the plant began to give under the weight of the love hanging from its limbs, and it began to die.
Since the site was never officially recognized or cared for, no one knew what to do to save the tree, until a group of ultra-devoted fans formed the awesomely named "T. Rex Action Group." TAG, as they came to be known began caring for the spot and was eventually given ownership of the land in perpetuity, and they continue to look after and improve the site to this day.
Today a stone plaque has been added in addition to a bronze bust of the flamboyant performer. Bolan’s musical influence has not much abated in the decades since his death and new fans are born every day, assuring that the site of his death will continue to accumulate devotionals for another four decades.