Do you remember the Saturday Gigs? Among the albums that take me straight back to my teenage years, Mott and The Hoople are frontrunners – All The Way From Memphis, Honaloochie Boogie, Roll Away The Stone, the memories come rushing back. This is the first part of a hefty, authorised two part biography of Ian Hunter, put together by Mott archivist and all round authority Campbell Devine, who also curated the recent thirty disc box Stranded In Reality. It will eventually cover the whole fifty years of Hunter’s career, but this volume covers just the period up to the end of Mott The Hoople. It includes numerous interviews with all the key players over the years, band members, road crew and management, together with more contemporary and extensive recollections from Hunter himself. Starting with his formative rock n roll years and progressing to his period of peak commercial success as the face and voice of Mott, this is a fascinatingly frank account of the many trials and tribulations of his career in that influential band. It’s all here: the band’s early struggles for commercial success, the crucial intervention of David Bowie, the departures of Verden Allen and Mick Ralphs, the recruitment and subsequent ditching of Ariel Bender, the ill fated attempt to bring in Mick Ronson, and the band’s doomed attempts to forge a post Hunter career as Mott and then the British Lions. The story of Hunter’s subsequent solo career, right up to the present, will be covered in volume two, and if it’s as well researched and written as this one, it’ll certainly be worth waiting for.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Mott, Hunter, rock biographies.
One thing you’ve learned
Rock ‘n’ Roll Sweepstakes was the title Hunter originally intended for his 1974 book Diary Of A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star, so he finally got the chance to use it!