‘But even if we had money, it could never have made up for Dad not being there.
Mum tells me I often cried for him.‘And with all the photographs that exist, and the stories I’ve heard, I can picture us together in my mind’s eye.
But he kept in regular touch by phone and his first and last words every time were: “Don’t hesitate to tell me if there is anything I can do.”‘He’d shrug off our thanks, saying it was the least he could do for the family of a good friend,’ says Rolan.
Extraordinarily, Bowie and the grown-up Rolan have never met.
He never came to see us in California because he lives in New York and hates to travel.
It is called 20th Century Boy, after one of Marc’s hits, and promises to be a no-holds-barred account of the elfin singer’s bizarre life.
The Mini spun out of control in Barnes, South-West London, a mile from Marc and Gloria’s mansion home.
Heading an 11-strong cast, as Bolan, will be George Maguire, whose credits include Oliver and The Who’s Quadrophenia.
It is being directed by director and choreographer Gary Lloyd, who is already enjoying success with the Thriller Live musical about Michael Jackson.