John's Children, formerly The Silence, were a 1960s proto-punk band from Leatherhead, Surrey (UK) that existed from 1964 to 1968. Its members were Andy Ellison (vocals), Geoff McLelland (guitar, 1964-67), Chris Townson (drums, guitar), John Hewlett (bass), Marc Bolan (guitar, 1967, later of T. Rex fame) and Chris Colville (drums).
Their manager was Simon Napier-Bell, who devised white stage outfits and an outrageous stage act which included fighting each other and Bolan whipping the stage with a chain. Their 1967 single "Desdemona" was banned by the…
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