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Diary Of A Rock And Roll Star: Ian Hunter Lead Singer for "Mott the Hoople" [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ian Hunter
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2. September 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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  • Taschenbuch: 160 Seiten
  • Verlag: Independent Music Press; Auflage: New edition (2. September 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1897783094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897783092
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 0,6 x 12,1 x 19,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 321.958 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not only for Mott fans 3. November 2005
Format:Taschenbuch
Ian Hunter, then lead singer of Mott The Hoople, wrote this diary of Mott's 1974 US tour, having in mind the fans from the front row. However, this book is of interest to anyone who wants to know what life on the road of a rock band was like way back in the 70's - and you needn't be a Mott fan to enjoy this. Ian just wrote down anything he observed or that came to his mind, on tour buses, aeroplanes, backstage, in hotel rooms ...
The book looks behind the scenes, at the bleak side beyond the glimmer and the spotlights - things you never see, not even from the front row; the absolutely horrible logistics and organization of rock concerts in the early 70's, how to cope with tour stress, how American hotels differ from English ones, ... and, of course, what the other guys in the band and the crew are like. It's also amusing in being a journey back in time: 1974 was when long-haired lad were still eyed suspiciously (at least in the USA); air travel was still a sort of novelty "... you've probably never flown, so I'll tell you what it's like ... important bit of information: meals on board are free ..."; pawns shops was where you went to buy vintage guitars for next to nothing; etcetera etcetera.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most honest rock'n'roll book ever written? 6. September 1998
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"Diary" stands head-and-shoulders above every other rock music book for several reasons. It's not ghost-written, and you can tell -- the rhythms of speech will be familiar to fans of Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople. It's remarkably free of false glamour -- it's full of cancelled shows, travel hassels, hangovers, digestion problems -- as well as the magic moments that make rock'n'roll worthwhile. It also doesn't seem to have been edited very much, which gives it a very loose, conversational feel -- you're sitting with Ian at the bar, both of you more than half drunk, and he's just telling you about the tour, y'know? And advice to touring musicians that's still good today in the bargain. There's no ghost of political correctness informing the writing, though (the book was originally published in '74) and while i thought it was a blast, i suppose some people might be offended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Reflections on "Reflections" 18. Oktober 2007
Von Philip S. Wolf - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When this Book was published in 1976 it was Titled: "Reflections of a Rock Star." It cost a Whopping $3.99 and was printed by Flash Books. I was offered $120.00 for my copy by a Bookseller in San Francicso in 1998 and I promptly turned him down.

This 104 Page Book, documents Mott The Hoople's, First Tour of America as Headliners. It begins in England, on Tuesday Nov 21 and runs through to Dec 24 on the Plane that returned the band back to the UK.

Out of Several hundred Books I have read on Rock N' Roll, this would easily be in my Top-Ten of the Best Books on this Subject. Ian writes an honest account of the Tour, the Good as well as the Bad. A night in LA with Keith Moon & Frank Zappa. Hitting the pawn Shops for Guitars. Ian's, famous attempt to see Elvis (by Sneaking past the gates, all the way to the back door) and being told that Elvis was too tired to entertain guests by his Maid.

The Gigs [Good & Bad) are discussed, as are Bad Hotels/Motels. Too many hours in Airports (Mick Ralphs, had a Horrible fear of Flying}. And rare insight on Mott and many other Bands of this: "The All The Young Dudes" Tour. This is a rare peek into Their World, from their point-of-View.

Lot's of great photos are contained herein, and it's a great read with fantastic visuals. If I had One Wish, it would be that this Book SHOULD be longer, or the First of Many Volumes by Ian Hunter.

This is one of the finest Books on Rock ever. I have no plans to sell my Copy....FIVE STARS !!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply the Best Rock Book Ever! 11. August 2002
Von G H - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ian Hunter proves himself to be one of the most articulate and intelligent personalities in rock in this diary of Mott's late '72 US tour in support of their All The Young Dudes album. It is a humble, egoless tale of the steps and stumbles of a band trying to break into the American market, lovingly and honestly told through the eyes of a young aspiring band leader. Refreshingly free of the self-cogradulatory tone of most autobiographies and the slathering praise of too many band books by fan-...-journalists, this modest (read: short) work starts and ends with the reader inside the day-to-day workings of a mid-level journeyman band, warts and all. Best of all (or, worst of all, depending upon your point of view), this isn't so much a book about Mott The Hoople and their music as it is a look at the human realities of what life on the road was like for the guys in the band, or most bands like them at that time. It captures perfectly the tone of the time and the atmosphere prevailing in the early '70's. It strips away the facades and breathes life into the rigors, rewards and frustrations of chasing the musical Holy Grail. I first bought this book in London in 1975, and have read and re-read it more times than I can remember. Raw, spontanious and unpretentious, it is funny, sad, touching and rewarding, especially with the hindsight of the band's history immediately after the end of the book. A must read for any music fan, and essential for any one who wishes to understand the period when the music became secondary to the business concerns. I love this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Read and enjoy 3. Mai 2001
Von "minto2000" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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', 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 von 5 Sternen THAT '70S BAND 26. Januar 2004
Von Guy De Federicis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An unpretentious true 'diary' from 70's British glam rocker ( for want of a better description ), Ian Hunter of "Mott The Hoople" during his band's successful 1972 tour of the States. He reveals a historically fascinating 'behind the scenes' look at the rock and roll concert circuit of the early '70s, where in Hunter's humble view, sex, drugs, and rock and roll take a back seat to wry observations on American life, a compassion for music, and a compulsion for old guitars found in American junk shops. The reader goes along for the ride as Hunter and the rest of 'Mott The Hoople' tramp across America like kids in an amusement park. Personal revelations and run-ins with a host of rock and roll celebritys give this book an insider's edge and there is a rewarding final entry which finds Hunter questionably inside the high security gates of Elvis Presly's mansion, creeping about like the obsessed fan he reveals himself to be.
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