The Ballad of Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter, 77, 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.

Beginnings and the name of the band, Mott the Hoople

Guy Stevens

Mott the Hoople Rehearsals

Mott the Hoople (the album)

Mad Shadows

The influence of Guy Stevens


Brain Capers

Mott’s constant touring

Fairfield Halls Live 1970

What was Mott the Hoople Live like in the early years?

Original Mixed Up Kids

Two Miles From Heaven

David Bowie and Mott the Hoople- what happened?

All the Young Dudes


The Hoople

Mott the Hoople Live

Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Live

Saturday Gigs

The Mott the Hoople Reunions 2009 and 2013

Ian Hunter–Ian Hunter (CBS 80710)

Hunter/Ronson 1975 Tour

Why Ian Hunter made his second solo album without Mick Ronson

All American Alien Boy

Overnight Angels

You’re never alone with a Schizophrenic (May 1979)

Welcome to the Club

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