Featuring sharp interviews with Ian
Hunter and other bandmembers, The Ballad of Mott the Hoople (Start Productions,
leaves no stone unturned. Watch the film trailer, below.
By Jud Cost
would have been impossible without the blistering sound of Mott The Hoople to
numb the pain of the mass exodus of the Beatles, Doors and Jefferson Airplane.
This near-perfect 101-minute documentary leaves no stone unturned in the tale
of the band that heavily influenced the Sex Pistols yet-to-come.
Mott’s mythical frontman Ian Hunter, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Dale
offer “horse’s mouth” testimony without over-using talking-head rock
critics. “When I first heard Jerry Lee Lewis, I felt like I was reborn.
Then I heard Little Richard and, whoa!” says Hunter. Ralphs admits he
didn’t like pop music until he discovered the raw, bluesy sound of “Green
Onions” by Booker T. & the MG’s. “Both my parents liked rock ‘n’
roll, so I learned it from the womb,” Griffin recalls.
Even with all
that raw talent, Mott wouldn’t have happened without the crazed energy of their
producer Guy Stevens who began looking for a band to call Mott The Hoople (from
a book he’d read) after his release from Wormwood Scrubs prison. When he saw a
long-haired band successfully lug a Hammond B3 up two flights of stairs, he
knew he’d found his boys.