Mott the Hoople finally get their due on November 15, when start production releases ‘The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople’ on DVD. The 101-minute documentary covers the rise, fall and resurrection of one of rock’s most passionate, long-haired, platform-booted bands.
Their sound was classic, with frontman Ian Hunter penning lyrics like Bob Dylan and the band having the punch and swagger of the Rolling Stones. Yet 40 years later, they are best remembered for pre-punking punks.
As a live unit, Mott The Hoople was always on fire, but that never really translated into record sales, leading to a host of problems for the band and for Island Records. This documentary zooms in on how each member handled it and how everything changed when David Bowie stepped in, generously handing them the hit anthem “All The Young Dudes.”
The various members of Mott and a host of others are interviewed for the film (including photographer Mick Rock, Clash guitarist Mick Jones, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, tour manager Lee Black Childers and fan club president Kris Needs) who give testimonials about the records, touring and how Mott impacted their generation and those that followed.
The “Ballad Of Mott” DVD contains archival footage and over an hour of bonus material, including exclusive footage from the band’s 2009 title-winning reunion gig at the Hammersmith Apollo. Die-hard fans should note that the UK edition of this DVD will be released on October 10th.
This long-awaited documentary prompted former Smiths frontman Morrissey (once a member of the MTH fan club) to say this; “Savage history always passes judgment in due time, and here we are, in 2011, still studying Mott The Hoople.”