Ian Hunter’s Diary of a Rock `n’ Roll Star, first published in 1974, is a fascinating diary of Mott the Hoople’s 1972 US tour. It has received a litany of plaudits and been described as what “may well be the best rock book ever” and “an enduring crystallization of the rock musician’s lot, and a quietly glorious period piece” from Q and The Guardian. A brutally honest chronicle of touring life in the Seventies, and a classic of the rock writing genre, Diary of a Rock `n’ Roll Star remains the gold standard for rock writing.
This edition includes new content from Hunter. Ian Hunter is the lead singer in Mott the Hoople and a successful solo artist in his own right. He continues to record and perform across the world after more than fifty years in rock’n’roll.
David Bowie had long been a fan of the band and after hearing that they were about to split, he persuaded them to stay together and offered them “Suffragette City” from his then yet-to-be-released Ziggy Stardust album. They turned it down. Bowie also penned “All the Young Dudes” for them and which became their biggest hit.
“It may look flashy, but it’s over and you are finished before you know it – if you aren’t already broken by one thing it will be another… the rock business is a dirty business, full stop.” Ian Hunter
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