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Ian Hunter: "Rock'n'roll gave me everything, I wouldn't swap it for the world"

From slogging away for little money but lots of fun, to a string of classic hit singles with Mott The Hoople and a thriving solo career, life has been a thrilling ride for Ian Hunter

In 1972, following a decade of earning his spurs as a journeyman rocker, Ian Hunter had all but resigned himself to the imminent demise of his latest project, Mott The Hoople. Three years and four albums into the quintet’s career they were still pleasing audiences, but with not a single chart hit in the bank their position as a live draw was unsustainable. So they announced that they were to split.

Meanwhile, existing fan, emergent star and empire builder David Bowie begged to differ.

Consequently, Hunter was persuaded to give the band one last try, and so it was that he found himself in Olympic Studios giving voice to an era-defining version of Bowie’s ultimate glam rock statement; an anthem for a generation. But whose?

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