Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

Although a wealth of rock encyclopedias exist and nearly all have a small section covering Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter, there are very few books dedicated to them. It is impossible to do Mott's or Ian's careers justice in only a handful of paragraphs and, sadly, most of these encyclopedias contain errors (mostly minor, but one or two contain major "howlers"). The following are, however, highly relevant to Ian Hunter and Mott The Hoople:

[Rock n Roll Sweepstakes Vol 1]

The official biography (as of 2019) is Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes Vol 1, which is Campbell Devine's updated Ian Hunter biography covering Ian's formative years up to Mott's split at the end of 1974.

[Rock n Roll Sweepstakes Vol 2]

Part 2 of the official biography (as of 2020) is Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes Vol 2 covers 1975 to the present day (2020).

[Decades: Mott the Hoople]

Fascinating entry in the Decades series Mott the Hoople and Ian Hunter in the 1970s covers Mott and Ian in the 1970s.

[Diary of a Rock n Roll Star]

Then there is Ian's famous Diary Of A Rock 'n' Roll Star, chronicling Mott's 1972 American tour. This is now (2019) back in print.

[The Spider With the Platinum Hair]

Not forgetting The Spider With the Platinum Hair, which is the definitive (and unsurpassable) biography of Mick Ronson.

[Turn And Face The Strange]

There is also Turn and Face The Strange - The Mick Ronson Story, which another excellent biography of Mick Ronson.

[You Rocked We Rolled]

2014 saw (roadie) Philip John's You Rocked, We Rolled which chronicles Mott's final European tour with Mick Ronson in October 1974.

[We've Got A Great Future Behine Us]

2013 saw a massive coffee-table book We've Got A Great Future Behind Us (now out of print).

[The Man Who Hated Walking]

2013 also saw Overend's long-awaited The Man Who Hated Walking about his walking exploits in 2003.


In the 1990's and early 2000's there were the excellent Outsider and Just A Buzz fanzines, put out by long-time fans Sven Gusevik and Justin Purington respectively (Justin is now joint webmaster for Ian's official website).

[1998 Mott biog]

1998 saw Campbell Devine's Official Biography. This has now been superceded by Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes (see above).

[Two Miles From Heaven magazine]

From 1999 to 2011 there was the Mott The Hoople Appreciation Society. Sadly, the MTHAS is no more (and I'm not sure if back issues are still available).

[Phil Cato's book]

In the mid 1990's there was Phil Cato's disappointing and entirely derivative book.

[Mott The Hoople (novel)]

Of course, there is Willard Manus' novel Mott The Hoople, which inspired the name, from 1966.