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Ian Hunter Resurrected

Roy Trakin, Musician, October 1980

The '70s were dawning, and the golden age of rock 'n' roll was about to give way to terminally mellow singer/songwriters or lowest-common-denominator heavy metal from the heartlands. Intelligent hard rock that still managed to be fun had become awfully scarce on this side of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, in merry olde England, a struggling quartet of Limey musicians invited an itinerant Scottish bassist by the name of Ian Hunter to audition for its vacant lead vocalist/piano-player slot. And Mott the Hoople, one of the acknowledged inspirations for a new generation of rockers to follow, was born.

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