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"Savage History always passes judgment in due course, and here we are, in 2011, still studying Mott The Hoople"
-Morrisey, June 2011
The Ballad of Mott The Hoople is a feature length documentary that tells the tale of this most humble of rock groups through a stunning combination of rare and unseen archive footage and the testimonies of band members Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale 'Buffin Griffin, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, plus numerous other associates and witnesses including Mick Jones of The Clash, Queen's Roger Taylor and fan club president Kris Needs.
From their early encounters with the troubled, yet visionary Svengali Guy Stevens, the astounding music which followed (and that stand the test of time so much better than many of their keyboard pummeling contemporaries) to the band’s witty, honest and frank recollections of the crazy circumstances that whisked them from Hereford to the bright lights of London, America and world level rock stardom, this documentary tells the whole story leading up to the band imploding at the height of their fame.
The Ballad of Mott The Hoople chronicles and evaluates (in the artists’ own words) this very unique history and the lasting impression the band made on their peers and the younger groups that followed in their wake. In 2009 they reformed to play a reunion show at The Hammersmith Apollo to a packed audience that included such deities as Jimmy Page. The only available film footage of this legendary return to glory is available on this DVD.
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