The Ballad of Mott The Hoople (West Coast premiere!)

“On tour as support to Mott The Hoople (the only time Queen ever supported anyone), I was always conscious that we were in the presence of something great, something highly evolved, close to the centre of the Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll, something to breathe in and learn from.” — Brian May of Queen

“There were a number of remarkable things about Mott the Hoople’s celebrated reunion concerts of 2009. The band hadn’t played together in thirty-five years and some members hadn’t spoken to each other for thirty. Their presence on the Juno soundtrack and their lingering influence through generations of British rock meant that the gigs were attended by genuine “young dudes” as well as those who identified with the band’s most famous song back in 1972. Verden Allen, Dale Griffin, Mick Ralphs, Overend Watts and Ian Hunter had been the original line-up when the band first signed for Island; forty years on, [the fact that] they were still around after lives devoted to rock’n'roll was a story in itself. Chris Hall and Mike Kerry (Love Story) present that story with the passion and affection of genuine fans. All the interviewees here are open and fascinating; Hunter is a dazzling raconteur, displaying total recall; and the archive footage, much of it rare, shows the band in their ‘70s pomp, including hits such as ‘All The Young Dudes’, ‘Roll Away the Stone’, ‘All the Way to Memphis’ and more, displaying what a singular, special band they were.” (Michael Hayden, BFI London Film Festival)
Dirs. Chris Hall & Mike Kerry, 2010, digital presentation, 105 min.

Watch a clip of Mott The Hoople on “Top of the Pops”!
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