June Child Feld Bolan
June Ellen Child
b. London 23 August 1943
died 31. August 1994.
Bolan had met June Child, a music business fixer whose duties had included ‘minding’ Pink Floyd’s damaged genius, Syd Barrett, who had briefly been her lover. Bolan and June fell, according to one friend, ‘madly and totally in love’. June was four years older, smarter and more worldly wise. Bolan was obsessed with Lord of the Rings, but he was dyslexic and had never read it. Lying in bed together, June read the three volumes out loud to Bolan – ‘and The Hobbit too,’ says Tony Visconti. ‘She filled in all the pieces that were missing in his life.’ June became his lover, chauffeur, minder, mentor, and eventually, his wife. The meeting of June and Marc will always remain in the rock’n’roll history as one of its most romantic episodes. Says Marc: “We’d known each other only a short while when I asked her home to tea late one afternoon at my parents’ prefab in Wimbledon. The sun was bright and hot. We sat with our tea on the lawn. After we had held hands there was silence for a while. Then I said, “June — I think I love you.” She replied quietly, “I feel the same way about you, Marc.” They fell in love nearly on the spot and spent their first four nights together sleeping in June`s van. They then moved into a small cold-water flat in Notting Hill Gate in which Marc had an artist draw a picture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex upon the wall. Together they discovered worlds of myth and legends and spent hours reading the Lord of the Rings. One night June claimed to have awaked to find the picture on the wall moving and breathing. Marc swore that his own imagination had brought the creature to life and had he not the strength to divert his eyes from it; it would have devoured them both. Since then June played an essential role in Marc` s life and career, she became not only Marc’ s wife and inspiration to many songs but his closest ally, organising gigs, co-ordinating media relations, typing lyrics for him, but most important, always supporting him in all of his endeavours. June always offer Marc an honest critic to his songs and lyrics. June often recalled later: “It was a wonderful time. We were very happy.”
Bolan ‘couldn’t function without a woman in his life’, and if it wasn’t his mother, it was June. In the early years of their relationship, Bolan’s emotional dependency on her was ‘total’, and she, in turn, would forgive him almost anything. (When he was conducting a brief affair with the singer Marsha Hunt, June would be in the flat while he telephoned her.) But by 1973, June too was having an affair, and the relationship finally ended.
In the summer of 1966 Blackhill Enterpries employees found June Child who was living at Edbrooke Road with her boyfriend, a jewelery maker called Mick Milligan and a dozen of black cats called – most of them – Squeaky. In that flat also lived Peter Jenner, who wa Pink Floyd manager, and Sumi Jenner and John Marsh.
They lived the full, all together and trying to save. Having no money, they provide the food to eat from fruit and vegetables they found in Portobello Road market after the shops closed.
She remembers having no work at that time and the boys told her to pick up the phone and make and answer calls. At the begining she did it for free, but one day she asked for being payed for doing this.
As time went by, she started to be the secretary and receptionist of Pink Floyd, first she drove their van to the gigs, then she made the payments for the gigs and she had to care about the money the group was earning.