'The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople'

Cult 70s group Mott The Hoople are set to be the subject of a new feature length documentary film.

A quick glance at the charts won't reveal the legacy of Mott The Hoople. Never the biggest group in the land, their importance can be mapped through the testimony of artists such as Morrissey, The Clash and more.

Not quite glam, not quite hard rock Mott The Hoople seemed to appeal to the alienated kids who would eventually ferment the punk revolution. Reforming in 2009, the band were able to sell out some spectacular shows with countless rock icons blagging tickets to pay their respects.

Now a new feature length documentary aims to tell their story. 'The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople' contains a raft of archive footage, exclusive performances and brand new interviews with the main players.

Amongst those giving up time for the camera include lead singer Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale ‘Buffin Griffin, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher. Some of the well known fans who gave up their time for the project include Mick Jones - who once bunked off school to follow the band around the country - and Kris Needs, who became the Mott The Hoople fan club president.

Detailing the band's story, the importance of Mott The Hoople within the pantheon of rock music is laid bare. Morrissey volunteered to write the sleevenotes, penning some moving words to his boyhood heroes:

“Savage history always passes judgment in due course, and here we are, in 2011, still studying Mott The Hoople.”

Bringing the band's story back to life, Mott The Hoople are rescued from their place in the history books and given a new relevance by a thoughtful, provocative and enthralling new documentary.

'The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople' is out on October 10th.

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