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Ian Hunter biog due October/November

An Ian Hunter biography is due for publication in October. Titled Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes: The Official Biography of Ian Hunter (Volume 1) it runs to 528 pages and will be published by Omnibus Press on 24th October 2019. The press release is as follows:

Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes is a frank and comprehensive biography of a remarkable man, amazing life and an incredible body of work. It covers Ian's youth and formative rock 'n' roll years in the Sixties, Mott the Hoople's formation, David Bowie's intervention as "a fan" of the band and Mott's rise to international stardom. Echoing Ian's acclaimed book 'Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star', this biography shines a 'light' on the highs and lows of stardom and the music business lifestyle. It also tells how Ian, at Mott's peak, found a friction with fame and jettisoned what he had achieved with a "Sod showbiz and schmoozing" attitude and an "I'll do my own thing" manifesto. Biographer Campbell Devine has had unlimited personal access to Ian Hunter, all of Mott the Hoople and their personnel, members of Queen, Roxy Music, Def Leppard and dozens of other significant groups, performers and celebrity fans including Gene Simmons, John Taylor and Ellen Foley. Containing candid first-hand revealing accounts, unseen images and in-depth interviews, this is the ultimate biography of one of rock's greatest writers, performers and influencers. Ian has fully authorised and cooperated with this biography and is happy to be involved in its promotion.

You can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk now.

Meanwhile Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes: The Official Biography of Ian Hunter (Volume 2) will cover Ian solo career (1975 to the present day). It runs to 464 pages, and will be published by Omnibus Press on 7th November 2019. The promotional blurb reads as follows:

Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes is a frank and comprehensive biography of a remarkable man, his amazing life and his incredible body of work, that of Ian Hunter. In Volume Two, Campbell Devine, regarded as the authority on Mott's music and Hunter's history, reveals the highs and lows of Ian's 40+ year solo career post the break-up of the original Mott The Hoople.

You can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk now.

1st May 2019

Ian Hunter will be celebrating his 80th birthday with a four-night run (with the Rant Band, natch) at the City Winery in New York City. Details are as follows:

The publicity blurb says that the 31st May and 2nd June dates feature "songs written for Mott The Hoople" and the 1st June "songs written and recorded during Ian's 40 year solo career" (shouldn't that be "...45 year solo career..."?). For the 3rd June date (Ian's actual birthday) it just says "Gala 80th birthday celebration". Tickets are priced at US$45 to US$65.

12th April 2019

6-CD box set of Island-era material released

A 6-CD box set of Island-era material (ie 1969-1971) was released in November 2018. It comprises the four albums Mott recorded for Island, a fifth disc of ballads and a sixth disc of live material, together with many rare or previously-unreleased tracks. Mental Train - The Island Years 1969-1971 also contains an excellent book (written by Kris Needs) chonicling this era in Mott's career.

7th November 2018

Ian's "Diary..." republished in October 2018

Ian's 1972 tour "diary" was republished on 11th October 2018 by Omnibus Press. Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star has been out of print for some 20 years, despite being one of the best on-the-road books ever written.

This new edition contains an introduction by Johnny Depp, a new chapter by Mott biographer Campbell Devine explaining the background to the 'diary', new photos, Ian's 2015 Japan 'diary' (previously published in Mojo magazine) and an afterword by Ian Hunter.

It can be ordered from amazon.co.uk

7th November 2018

Ian touring in 2019

In his Horse's Mouth column, Ian Hunter has hinted at much Rant Band tour activity being lined up for 2019. I have no further details at the moment, but expect major UK, Europe and USA tours.

20th April 2018

Overend Watts solo album released September 2017

Mott bassist Overend Watts' long-awaited solo album was released on 1st September 2017 on Angel Air. In keeping with his sense of humour he stipulated that it only be released posthumously and that it be called He's Real Gone. Tracks are as follows:

  1. She’s Real Gone
  2. The Dinosaw Market
  3. Caribbean Hate Song
  4. He’d Be A Diamond
  5. The Legend Of Redmire Pool
  6. Prawn Fire On Uncle Sheep Funnel
  7. Belle Of The Boot
  8. There's Berkeley Power Station
  9. The Magic Garden
  10. Endless Night
  11. Rise Up
  12. The Search
  13. Miss Kingston
  14. Born Late 58 (demo)

The album includes Overend's original demo for Born Late 58 (which he sang on The Hoople in 1974). Catalogue number is SJPCD050.

14th September 2017

Massive 30-disc box released October 2016

The long-awaited 30-disc Ian Hunter box set was released on 21st October 2016. Called Stranded In Reality it covers Ian's solo output from 1975 to 2015 (ie no Mott content or any of his pre-Mott career).

There are 17 original albums on 19 CDs, and 2 DVDs and 9CDs of rare, live and unreleased material. It also includes an 88-page book with track-by-track info and a signed Alien Boy lithograph. Price is £250 (OK, £249.99, about $300).

Further details are on Proper's Stranded In Reality page. A seven-track sampler, Sampling In Reality, is available now at a slightly more reasonable £7 (about $10). Further details are on Proper's Sampling In Reality page.

27th October 2016

New album released September 2016

Ian Hunter's latest album, titled Fingers Crossed, was released on September 16th. The track listing is as follows:

  1. That's When The Trouble Starts
  2. Dandy
  3. Ghosts
  4. Fingers Crossed
  5. White House
  6. Bow Street Runners
  7. Morpheus
  8. Stranded In Reality
  9. You Can't Live In the Past
  10. Long Time

Initial orders received a free mp3 download of the non-album track Seein' Red.

The first single from the album was Ian's tribute to David Bowie, Dandy. There are links to audio for this on Proper's website and on Ian's website.

22nd November 2016

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