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Mott the Hoople: The Hoople (Columbia)

John Swenson, Crawdaddy!, July 1974

IT'S TOUGH being a rock and roll star these days. Ask Ian Hunter, Mott the Hoople's lead singer and group dictator. After five years of bouncing around, playing hellified, manic hard rock, he's finally made it to a comfortable niche at the top, a view that commands the money, ego gratification, sex and dope that comes with mass success in rock. His quest is over, and you can hear it in his voice.

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