By Campbell Devine
Ian Hunter’s fifty-year-long career and extensive repertoire of percipient, creative songs have earned him a reputation as a true rock phenomenon.
This second part of a two-volume authorised biography offers inside stories from Ian’s solo career following his departure from Mott the Hoople, including his collaborations with Mick Ronson, Queen and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and reflects on resonant recordings such as ‘You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic’, ‘Shrunken Heads’, ‘Fingers Crossed’, ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’, ‘Ships’ and ‘Dandy’ – his homage to David Bowie.
Based on interviews with Ian Hunter and an impressive cast of supporting characters, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Sweepstakes: Hunter by Proxy’ is a fascinating and frank exploration of Ian’s honest and distinctive style, his articulate “better than Dylan” writing and the absurdity of music-related fame.
About the author:
Campbell Devine has assembled and authored box sets, CDs and features for several labels and music publications including Sony Music and Classic Rock. He was the originator and compiler of All the Young Dudes (The Anthology) , Once Bitten Twice Shy , Just Like This , Original Mixed Up Kids (The BBC Recordings) and The Journey. Assembling many of the best Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson collections, recovering rare and lost artwork, and providing unheard historical background to re-issues, Ian’s recent monolithic , 30-disc, Stranded in Reality box-set, instigated and curated by Campbell, garnered wide Five-Star acclaim.
Publication Date: 25.02.21