Ian Hunter's fifty-year-long career and extensive repertoire of percipient, creative songs have earned him a reputation as a true rock phenomenon. This first part of a two-volume, authorised biography charts Ian's unique musical journey from his formative rock 'n' roll years to his commercial success as the face and voice of legendary Seventies British band, Mott the Hoople. Featuring insider accounts of the group's roller coaster ride and international triumphs via classic records including `All the Young Dudes', `Roll Away the Stone' and MOTT, this captivating book exposes personal trials and tribulations, the bizarre aspects of the rock business and the absurdity of music-related fame. Based on interviews with Hunter, all his Hoople band mates and an impressive cast of supporting characters, Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes: Mott's the Story is a fascinating, frank biography of a highly influential band and a special music icon.
AUTHOR: Campbell Devine has assembled and authored box sets, CDs and features for several labels and music publications including Sony Music and Classic Rock . He was the originator and compiler of All the Young Dudes (The Anthology) , Once Bitten Twice Shy , Just Like This , Original Mixed Up Kids (The BBC Recordings) and The Journey. Assembling many of the best Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson collections, recovering rare and lost artwork, and providing unheard historical background to re-issues, Ian's recent monolithic , 30-disc, Stranded in Reality box-set, instigated and curated by Campbell, garnered wide Five-Star acclaim.