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Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star Paperback – 2 Sep 1996
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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