The term was used at the height of the movement. There are interviews from the time with both Bolan and Bowie in the music press, and they both used it.The bigger question is who coined this ultra-crass term "glam rock"? Because it sure as hell wasn't being used in the early 70s.
Roy Wood - now you're talking! A masterful songwriter and top, top multi-instrumentalist. Anyone who gets into the top 10 playing cello, bassoon and bagpipes on Phil Spector pastiches gets my vote!Loved a lot of the stuff back then, Slade and Wizzard in particular along with Bolan. Today I still give them a listen, Bolan's "Dandy In The Underworld" and Slade's "Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel?" right up there!
In 2002 I was at the opening night of "We Will Rock You" at the Dominion, probably the worst thing I've seen on a stage in 40 odd years. The first night party was over the road at the Astoria ( with it's sound effect carpets) and was the worst first night party I've ever been to. Basically a load of s**t 70's & 80's has been's, singing equally s**t 70's & 80's songs! Tony Hadley sings Toto, I kid you not! Then in the middle of it all on strode Roy Wood and blew every fecker else out of the building!