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Mott The Hoople & Ian Hunter in the 1970s


John Van der Kiste
UK retail price: £14.99
US retail price: $21.95

When Hereford group Silence teamed up with songwriter Ian Hunter in 1969 to form a group that aimed to be a cross between Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Procol Harum, Mott The Hoople rapidly became one of Britain’s most popular live acts, even as a major hit single and album initially proved elusive.

In 1972, disillusioned and exhausted, they split before being encouraged to reform by David Bowie and finding immediate chart success with a song he gave them, ‘All the Young Dudes’. After two years of hits and internal conflicts, Hunter left and enjoyed a chequered solo career that has lasted to this day, initially in partnership with guitarist Mick Ronson until his death in 1993. The rest of the group subsequently shortened their name to Mott and then British Lions, the latter a collaboration with former Medicine Head front man John Fiddler, although they failed to re-establish themselves despite several solid months of touring on both sides of the Atlantic.

As Ian wrote, ‘Rock’n’roll’s a loser’s game’. They won, they lost, but during the 1970s released some inspired, highly individual music, that went on to inspire and be championed by many other acts, most notably Queen, The Clash and Def Leppard.

The Author

John Van der Kiste has published over seventy books, mostly on historical biography and music, including titles about The Beatles, Jeff Lynne/ELO, Led Zeppelin, Lindisfarne and Steve Winwood. He has also reviewed books and records for the local and national press and fanzines and co-founded and edited the 70s fanzine Keep on Rockin’. He has performed with groups, run mobile discos, and written booklet notes for CD reissues from EMI and other labels. An occasional musician and songwriter, he also co-wrote one track on Riff Regan's Milestones (2015) and played harmonica on London's The Hell for Leather Mob (2020). He lives in Devon, UK.

Number of Pages: 144
Number of colour pictures: 47
ISBN: 9781789521627
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UK retail price: £14.99
US retail price: $21.95


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