On November 18, rock legend Ian Hunter performs at one of Boston’s newest venues, City Winery Boston.
Who is Ian Hunter? Well, by the time he joined Mott The Hoople in 1969, he was already a veteran of the London music scene. With Mott, he recorded four iconoclastic albums, including the hits, “All The Way From Memphis”, “Honaloochie Boogie”, “Roll Away The Stone” and “The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Hunter has worked with Bowie, toured with Queen, and has also been credited by John Lydon (Sex Pistols) and Mick Jones (The Clash) as being one of the pioneers and inspirations behind the burgeoning punk / new wave movement. Later on, Ian would go on to produce Generation X’s “Valley Of The Dolls” album and The Clash would play on Ian’s “Short Back ‘n’ Sides” release. Not many artists could claim to have influenced bands as diverse as Queen and the Sex Pistols!!
To understand the long lasting appeal and influence of Ian’s music, you’d only need a peek into Mott The Hoople’s dressing room after their London show where they were joined by; Jimmy Page, Mick Jones, Chrissie Hynde and other rock royalty.
And of course, there’s this Hunter classic, popularized by Great White: