Guy Stevens

Record companies are full of people who are either secretaries, hangers-on, or people who don’t know anything about music – all thinking … ‘Well, it’s better than working in a bank.’

Guy Stevens

The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople

Bee Bee See Four says …

Documentary telling the bruised and battered, but triumphant, tale of one of the UK’s most cherished rock ‘n’ roll bands, Mott the Hoople.

Originating from Herefordshire, the band were thrown together in 1969 and signed to Island Records by the increasingly erratic manager/producer Guy Stevens, in a bid to find a band that would combine The Rolling Stones rhythmic power with the melody and lyricism of ‘Blonde on Blonde’ era Bob Dylan.

The documentary charts their journey from cult struggling touring band to their successful transformation into ‘glam rock players’ thanks to the intervention of David Bowie who gave them their biggest hit, ‘All The Young Dudes’, and their subsequent collapse after the addition of Mick Ronson to their line-up.

Mott the Hoople’s story is brought to life through a combination of rare and unseen archive footage, their magnificent music and the testimony of band members Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale Griffin, Luther Grosvenor aka Ariel Bender and various other associates and witnesses, including boyhood fan Mick Jones of The Clash and Queen’s Roger Taylor.

Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal

Lesa Aldridge

So I’m reading the new Chilton bio over the weekend and the author casually mentions the similarity between the piano parts in “Holocaust” and Yoko Ono’s “Mrs. Lennon.” She concludes the anecdote by saying that Alex didn’t realize he’d lifted it.

Uh hunh.


“Mrs. Lennon”

That’s Lesa Aldridge, Chilton’s girlfriend and muse during the Big Star 3rd sessions, in case you’re wondering.