Ian Hunter, born 3 June 1939, is a rock phenomenon, not only still touring after over fifty years in the business, but also still delivering strong new material, as evidenced in the new album Fingers Crossed from Ian Hunter and the Rant Band. His story begins with Mott the Hoople, the first successful band to which he belonged, whose first, eponymous album appeared in November 1969. It goes on through Mott’s Island years, its glam years on Columbia and association with David Bowie, then Ian’s solo career which began in collaboration with Spiders from Mars guitarist Mick Ronson and continued with a series of mostly strong albums right up to the present day.
The material presented here was initially prepared for an “album by album” thread on Steve Hoffman’s Music Forum. It will be kept up to date as a permanent reference and guide to this music. It goes without saying that I particularly value comments and corrections; please contact me or comment on the posts.
I would also like to note the excellent book by Campbell Devine, All the Young Dudes, which I have often used as a source (and made an effort to credit the author). There is much information in the book that is not available online.
Beginnings and the name of the band, Mott the Hoople
What was Mott the Hoople Live like in the early years?
David Bowie and Mott the Hoople- what happened?
The Mott the Hoople Reunions 2009 and 2013
Ian Hunter–Ian Hunter (CBS 80710)
Why Ian Hunter made his second solo album without Mick Ronson
You’re never alone with a Schizophrenic (May 1979)
On the recording of Welcome to the Club
All of the Good Ones are Taken
Phases in Ian Hunter’s career–and six years without an album
Hunter/Ronson BBC Live in Concert
How Ian Hunter got together with Andy York
Just Another Night (Live at the Astoria)
Steve Holley on meeting Ian Hunter
Mott the Hoople All the Young Dudes Anthology box set
Mental Train: box set covering the Island years