Watch Mott The Hoople Film Trailer


New documentary gonna
take you all the way back to Memphis (by way of Hereford), natch…


By Doc Thomas


Due Nov. 15, The
Ballad of Mott The Hoople
is a feature length documentary (Start
Productions) from filmmakers Chris Hall and Mike Kerry that profiles one of the
greatest rock bands ever through a combination of rare and unseen archive
footage and the testimonies of band members Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden
Allen, Dale ‘Buffin Griffin, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher. Also I the mix: numerous
other associates and witnesses including Mick Jones of The Clash, Queen’s Roger
Taylor, plus fan club president (and UK journalist extraordinaire) Kris Needs. No
less a fan than Morrissey wrote the sleeve notes for the DVD.


Check out the advance trailer:



BOMTH Original Promo from Start Productions on Vimeo.




While the rest of us start the countdown until Nov. 15, for
those not in the loop, here’s some of the backstory, courtesy the label:


From their early
encounters with the troubled, yet visionary Svengali Guy Stevens, the
astounding music which followed (and that stand the test of time so much better
than many of their keyboard pummeling contemporaries) to the band’s witty,
honest and frank recollections of the crazy circumstances that whisked them
from Hereford to the bright lights of London, America and world level rock
stardom, this documentary tells the whole story leading up to the band
imploding at the height of their fame.  The
Ballad of Mott The Hoople chronicles and evaluates (in the artists’ own words)
this very unique history and the lasting impression the band made on their
peers and the younger groups that followed in their wake. In 2009 they reformed
to play a reunion show at The Hammersmith Apollo to a packed audience that
included such deities as Jimmy Page. The only available film footage of this
reunion is available on this DVD.


 Although a rock
band that saw guitar gods Mick Ralphs, Ariel Bender and Mick Ronson pass
through their ranks, Mott The Hoople never succumbed to guitar histrionics
above the substance of songs. Ian Hunter’s lyrics combined Dylan’s mid-60s
poetry with the band’s Stonesy vibe, a Velvet Underground sneer and a sound,
that helped pave the way for the punk movement. 
Indeed, ‘Crash Street
Kidds’ from 1974’s The Hoople more than hints at what was around the corner! The
Ballad of Mott The Hoople talking head and punk hero, the Clash’s Mick Jones,
has been quoted saying, “I supposed my main guitar influences are Mott The
Hoople, The Kinks and the Stones”.  The
Clash song ‘Julie’s In The Drug Squad’ was a clear homage to the majesty of the


Too often cast off as
one hit wonders by the musically illiterate or as glam or “classic rock” by the
ill informed, Mott The Hoople were a unique act who in combining the rootsy
rock of the Stones and The Faces, the unbridled punkishness of early Kinks and
the intelligence of Dylan and Bowie were a one of a kind British rock band that
still sound valid and fitting for a new audience in 2011.




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