The Ballad of Mott the Hoople – BFI London Film Festival 19/10


MACE has supplied a number of titles of rural Herefordshire life to documentary The Ballad of Mott the Hoople which will be screened atto a sell ouy audience at the 54th BFI London Festival tomorrow evening at 7pm.

Michael Hayden writes on the BFI’s official website:

There were a number of remarkable things about Mott the Hoople’s celebrated reunion concerts of 2009. The band hadn’t played together in 35 years and some members hadn’t spoken to each other for 30. Their presence on the Juno soundtrack and their lingering influence through generations of British rock meant that the gigs were attended by genuine young dudes as well as those who identified with the band’s most famous song back in 1972. Verden Allen, Dale Griffin, Mick Ralphs, Overend Watts and Ian Hunter had been the original line-up when the band first signed for Island; 40 years on and all past 60 (in Hunter’s case, 70), that they were still around after lives devoted to rock’n’roll was a story in itself. Chris Hall and Mike Kerry (Love Story) present that story with the passion and affection of genuine fans. All the interviewees here are open and fascinating; Hunter is a dazzling raconteur, displaying total recall; and the archive footage, much of it rare, shows the band in their 70s pomp, including hits such as ‘All The Young Dudes’, ‘Roll Away the Stone’, ‘All the Way to Memphis’ and more, displaying what a singular, special band they were.

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