Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter

Mott The Hoople Appreciation Society


The Mott The Hoople appreciation society was set up in response to the interest shown in Mott The Hoople following the 1998 release of the Sony box set All The Young Dudes - The Anthology and its companion volume All The Young Dudes - The Biography.

MTHAS was launched with the full approval of Verden Allen, Dale Griffin, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs and Pete Watts who all agreed to make themselves available for exclusive interviews to be published in Two Miles From Heaven.

Aims of MTHAS

The aims of MTHAS were:

It was not MTHAS intention to remove fan support from other existing specialist magazines such as the excellent Outsider. Rather, the organizers felt their position was to complement whatever was then available and to introduce a magazine which would be printed on art paper and was fully illustrated with photos, record sleeves, news cuttings, interviews, questions and answers, web site reviews and contact addresses and a letters column.

Two Miles From Heaven was published from 1999 to 2011. However, due to ill health the editor was no longer able to continue and MTHAS stopped.

Two Miles From Heaven

Two Miles From Heaven was the magazine of MTHAS.

Issue 10

Issue 10 was published in Summer 2011. Topics included the following:

  • Mott The Hoople 2009 reunion;
  • Mott The Hoople - Meet The Keyboards;
  • Exclusive Dale Griffin interview;
  • Exclusive interview with engineer Alan "Madswitcher" Harris;
  • Exclusive interview with Mike Kerry of Start Productions (who were producing the Mott The Hoople DVD).

Another excellent issue. Sadly, it was be the last.

Issue 9

Issue 9 was published in Summer 2008 and concentrated on 1974:

  • Recording of The Hoople album;
  • The 1974 US tour;
  • The final European tour;
  • The split.
  • News, album and gig reviews and more

Excellent, unputdownable issue.

Issue 8

Issue 8 was published in Winter 2006 and contained the following:

  • Casey Synge (Thunderthighs) interview;
  • Overend Watts diary of walking the SW coast path (part 2)
  • Mick Glossop (MOTT/British Lions engineer/producer) interview;
  • Richie Anderson looks back at life as a Mott The Hoople roadie;
  • Review of a fabulous MOTT gig in October 1976;
  • News, album and gig reviews and more

The production standards are as high as ever - how can I pick a highlight when it's all good?.

Issue 7

Issue 7 was published in September 2004 and contained the following:

  • "Strings Attached" interview and review
  • John Fiddler live CD/DVD review
  • Overend Watts diary of walking the SW coast path (part 1)
  • Island reissues reviewed
  • Mott The Hoople equipment report (part 2)
  • News, album and gig reviews and more

The highlight of another excellent magazine is part 1 of Watts' diary, worth the price of admission on its own (post-review note: this has now been published as The Man Who Hated Walking).

Issue 6

Issue 6 was published in March 2003. Topics included the following:

  • Ian Hunter/Mick Ralphs tour report
  • Mick Ralphs interview
  • Ian Hunter US tour report
  • Ian Hunter Oslo gig report
  • Mott The Hoople equipment report (part 1)
  • News, album and gig reviews and more

Issue 5

Issue 5 was published in Autumn 2001 and included the following:

  • Ian Hunter interview
  • Joe Elliott interview
  • Mick Bolton interview
  • News, album and gig reviews and more

Issue 4

Issue 4 was published in Spring 2001 and contained the following:

  • John Fiddler interview
  • Morgan Fisher talks about the Paper Bags
  • Willard Manus interview
  • Dicken interview
  • all the usual news, reviews and competitions

Issue 3

Issue 3 was published in May 2000. It contained the following:

  • Morgan Fisher interview
  • Ian Hunter interview
  • Scott McCaughey (REM) interview
  • Reviews of recent Mott The Hoople related releases
  • "Do You Remember The Saturday Gigs?"
  • All the latest news

Issue 2

Issue 2 was published in November 1999 and contained the following:

  • Verden Allen interview
  • Overend Watts interview
  • Reviews of recent Mott The Hoople related releases
  • Reviews of Ian's 1999 UK tour
  • Review of The 1999 Mott The Hoople Fan Convention.
  • Latest news

Issue 1

Issue 1 was published in April 1999 and included the following:

  • Dale Griffin interview
  • Mick Ralphs interview
  • Reviews of recent Mott The Hoople related releases
  • Mott The Hoople at Virgin
  • Mott The Hoople on the internet
  • Latest news

Subscription details

All issues of TMFH were written to the same high standards. Sadly, there will be no more issues of TMFH; back issues may still be available from:

Mott The Hoople Appreciation Society,
PO Box 14,
IP14 1EN