There are a number of places on the net where Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople fans gather. The most important is a e-mail discussion list, which is free to anyone with an e-mail account. If you are an AOL subscriber, there is/was a Mott/Hunter/Ronson discussion folder available (at no extra charge). And, of course, there are other web-sites also dedicated to Mott, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson.
If you know of other resources not listed here, then please let me know.
The best way to keep in touch with other fans and to hear the latest news is to subscribe to the hunter-mott mailing list, which was set up by fans Rory and Gina Musil.
This is a non-commercial discussion/chat forum run by fans for fans, to allow everybody to keep in touch. Subscribing is easy: just go to www.yahoogroups.com, fill in a simple form and you'll be added to the list.
Subscription costs nothing (yes, it's free!), and is available to anyone with an e-mail address. It is the best way to keep in touch with other Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople fans. We have several very knowledgeable fans contributing (and one or two members of the band are rumoured to be "lurking" as well), and any news tends to hit the list before it hits the papers. Remember, "you read it here first..."
Please bear in mind that despite the similarity in names (between the list and this website) I am not the list administrator.
I have also been told about a German Ian Hunter discussion forum.
The following are official websites for MTH, IH and related personnel.
Darrell Bath used to have his own site (www.darrellbath.com) but it seems to have gone now. Ditto Casino Steel's website. Unsurprisingly, Dale Griffin's site (buffinthestixslayer.com) is also no more.
The following sites are dedicated to Mott the Hoople and/or Ian Hunter. I have attempted to put them in alphabetical order, either by name of the site (Half Moon Bay, Just a Buzz, Outsider) or of the creator.
I can no longer find Jon Slaven's "Mick Ronson - Only After Dark" site. Ditto Jay Sciascia's music trading pages, Rich Manson's Ninety-six Decibel Freaks site and Sandra Loveless' Ian Hunter fan site.
A number of websites aren't dedicated to Mott/Ian as such, but still have great Mott-related content and/or reviews. Check out Brit Rock By The Bay, which has a great feature (and loads of cool photos) of Mott's shows at the Winterland, San Francisco in 1973 and 1974.
The following are links to official record company websites, mostly small independent labels (who invariably seem more clued up than the majors).
America Online has (had? can someone confirm it's still going?) a Mott the Hoople and Offshoots folder in the Music Message Center. This is accessed as follows:
You need to be an AOL subscriber to access the above folder. This forum has largely been superseded by Rory's mailing list, but if you're already an AOL subscriber it is worth checking out.
There are a number of rock encyclopedias online, and a number of them mention Mott and/or Ian. They are nearly all incomplete and contain errors and/or omissions, and deal with the subject in a superficial way. I refuse to list any of them since IMHO us fans have done a much better job. I will, however, mention the Scuzz homepage, an on-line magazine which has a couple of (good) pages about Ian and Darrell.Adrian Perkins