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Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star [Paperback]

Ian Hunter
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2 Sep 1996
Bands such as Oasis, Nirvana and The Sex Pistols have all claimed to be influenced by Mott the Hoople. Ian Hunter's revealing tour diary was first published in 1974 to coincide with the band's global success. It gives an insight into life with a rock group on the road.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Music Press; New edition (2 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897783094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897783092
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read and enjoy 3 May 2001
This isn't the usual tale of sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll. Sex is singularly lacking and drugs aren't really Mott's cup of tea. What they are passionate about is rock and roll and it is this passion plus the integrity of Ian Hunter's thoughts and jottings on a 1972 US tour that make this such a good read.
With Mott just about to make it big with 'All The Young Dudes', Ian Hunter seems to have both feet still firmly on the ground and this is a warm and amusing glimpse of a band on the road.
Follow the fortunes of Ian Hunter's splitting velvet loons, his weight concerns, and the band's insatiable desire to seek out pawn shops in the quest for a vintage Gibson amp or Epiphone guitar.
A fledging rock scene is sketched, hurriedly put together concerts, no soundchecks and a gallery of 1972 rock stars ... Roxy Music, David Bowie, Jethro Tull ... A snapshot of an era when the music did the talking. Read and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS.... 18 May 1999
By A Customer
Mott the Hoople were a great band. They lacked a lot, but what they lacked they made up for in style and wit, and in Ian Hunter they had a great front man who always seemed a step ahead of the world of glam rock that shimmered around Mott. Above all Mott put out some sparkling and timeless seven-inch singles.
Hunter's diary was republished recently to rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, and it is easy to see why: naive, witty, humble, sussed and in control, he is as concerned for the welfare of his cat as for the future of his tour. On a constant skirmish to buy up every vintage guitar in America for pennies, rubbing shoulders with Bowie and other contemporaries, and keen to stress throughout that he is having nothing to do with groupies while on tour, this is a fantastic period piece, and at a time that the seventies are under constant review and re-review, it is as essential a read as any for someone looking to find what the period was all about.
They say that if you remember the sixties you weren't there, but if you remember the seventies then you'll remember All The Young Dudes, Honaloochie Boogie, Roll Away The Stone, and this book should be your next stop!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Man 1 Jan 2005
By A Customer
There is a sweet innocence about the writing style of this book which I really enjoyed. This gets beyond the glamour of being a rock star and down to the nitty gritty. For a settled man who didn't drink excessively or have an interest in drugs it certainly shows a different side to the business of show and was more refreshing for it. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it three times 17 Jan 2009
This book has been discribed as one of the best rock books going. I can vouch for that.

As a fan of Mott since 1970, I bought Hunter's diary when it first came out and still have the original copy - all be it a bit tatty having been read by all my classmates! I have since bought the newer edition.

As previous comments have said, it brings a revealing insight behind the scenes of a band on tour and on the way up.

I can recommend it to all with an interest in rock/pop music even if they're not a fan of MTH or Hunter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time machine to a lost world 18 Aug 2009
By Nick
A great read, whipping you back to a music scene full of long-forgotten bands, dodgy venues, dodgy dinners, dodgy attitudes (including a few hair-raising comments from the author...), with humour, insight, and an unsentimental eye for telling detail. You don't learn about how the songs were written or recorded, (this is a tour diary after all) but Hunter takes you onstage, into the hotel rooms, onto planes, with warm intimacy, good spirit and many a cameo from David Bowie. Glam, but hilariously unglamorous.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice little time capsule 1 July 2009
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This was written before we all took air travel and Hotel hopping for granted and is a nice little time capsule for the 70's.
He comes over as just a nice bloke from an ordinary background who has not seen much of the world yet. And he gives us a day to day story of his band getting from A-B in the USA of the 70's. The Hotel rooms, the food, the hangers on and groupies getting on his nerves.
It's a bit Spinal Tap in parts - but this was written first of course - what I mean by that is that sometimes a dodgy promoter has booked them into some dreadful venue and promised them top billing while also promising top billing to another Band. Or something goes wrong with the sound or they miss a flight etc etc.
It's a nice little diary of life on the road in the 70's.

I enjoyed it.
It isn't the greatest rock n roll biography as all the claims state. Not in my opinion anyway.
I would rate Joe Jackson's "A Cure For Gravity," Lemmy's "White Line Fever" and Andy Summers' "One Train Later" above this one - but it is still a good read. And at only 6.99 from Amazon, it's worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 25 July 2011
This is without doubt the best book ever written by a Rock Star,absolutely essential reading and while you're at it buy some of Ian's solo records
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 31 Mar 2012
I have had this book for years and it really is a fantastic account of a British band on the road in the USA. My only gripe is the final photograph which shows the wrong Mott line-up featuring Aerial Bender (mick Ralphs' replacement) and not Mick Ralphs: a glaring error.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great rock 'n roll read!
I bought this as an old fan of MTH from the early 70's. It came highly recommended in comments from Amazon users and I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Alan J. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but dated
Interesting because of what ISN'T written about, I think there's a lot that was omitted to protect some people. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Patrick Broome
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Hunter tells the truth!
Far from trying to glamorise the rock 'n'roll lifestyle, Ian Hunter instead describes the daily round of travelling, rough hotels, poor promoters, unwanted... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christopher Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book by a rock star?
Best book by a rock star? Probably although Dylan's chronicles runs it close. Not an autobiography it's a diary of Mott the hoople`s winter 1972 tour of the USA. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. K. L. Hollinshed
5.0 out of 5 stars great
You can tell the book is not edited in a sort of hignsight way, it was written off the cuff, that is why it is a classic, as for the team who delivered mine in the post, it should... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Kandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoople book
If you are a great fan of this group it is really enjoyable and how the group worked together and loved
Published 13 months ago by penn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian hunter
Excellent read , a must for Mott fans , wanting this book for ages but could never find in the book shops
Published 13 months ago by Forest
5.0 out of 5 stars still a classic..
even in 2013 this deserves to be read, great little book even if you dont know the music, but it helps if you do.
Published 15 months ago by mark lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars the best rock book ever
Ian hunters diary of a rock and roll star is in my opinion the best account of life on the road in a rock band ever written. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by Mr. A. J. Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest book about rock music
I have bought this book on several occasions only to loan it out and not get it back. Ian Hunter not only a great Rock and Roll singer / performer is also a great author. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by Boing
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