Bolan grew up in post-war Wimbledon in South London, the son of a Jewish Tailor. He fell in love with the Rock and Roll of Gene Vincent and Chuck Berry at an early age and became a Mod, hanging around coffee bars in Soho and featured in an early sixties BBC documentary about Mods. In 1965 he joined the tough/flower children band John's Children who had some success as a live band but sold few records. When the band dissolved Bolan claimed to have spent time with a Wizard who gave him secret knowledge in the South of France. Whatever happened, his songwriting took off and he began writing many of the songs that would appear on his first albums with Tyrannosaurus Rex.