Storming out of Hereford in the late '60s, Mott The Hoople became one of British rock's most popular live acts. Yet, their records failed to reach audiences, and the band was on the verge of breaking up when one of their fans, a certain David Bowie, wrote 'All The Young Dudes' for them. Reborn, they zoomed to the top of the charts – and that's really when the trouble started.
We'll have copies of Shindig! Quarterly No.4 featuring Mott The Hoople on the cover and a 16-page feature by the band's one-time fan club president, Kris Needs.
There will be a screening of Start Productions' feature length documentary The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople which traces the rise, fall, rise and eventual disintegration of one of the era's most iconic rock 'n' roll groups through candid interviews with the band themselves and comment from various associates and fans, including The Clash's Mick Jones.
Following the screening, a Q&A with the band's enigmatic guitarist Ariel Bender and the film's directors will be open to the audience and chaired by Shindig! magazine's Jon 'Mojo' Mills.
Friday 18th November, 6.00pm, FREE
Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL