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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS....
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...
Published on 18 May 1999

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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. The world has changed since this was first published and some of the views expressed would not be considered acceptable in todays society, but still a good book for those who want to know what goes on during a shambolic US tour.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS...., 18 May 1999
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This review is from: Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Read and enjoy, 3 May 2001
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This review is from: Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star (Paperback)
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Man, 1 Jan 2005
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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 review is from: Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star (Paperback)
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time machine to a lost world, 18 Aug 2009
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, 25 July 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 31 Mar 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars the best rock book ever, 4 Sep 2011
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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.
What makes this book work so well ,is hunters down to earth writing style nothing fancy , just a good honest account of life inside mott the hooples 1972 tour of americar.
No luxury or groupies here,when hunter talks about the endlees long trips on planes ,and feeling dog tired you really feel tired with him.
I think this book will gain a classic status very soon it really should do.
Buy the book read it ,enjoy it and then keep it in good condition, its worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 July 2014
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Great item fast shipping! Thanks
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