The Ballad of Mott the Hoople
Will appeal mostly to fans
By: Don Morton | May 11, 2012 | Issue: 946 | No Comments | 1,096 views

© Start Productions

Title in Japan: The Ballad of Mott the Hoople
Director: Mike Kerry & Chris Hall
Year: 2011
Running Time: 101 min

Lovingly assembled rock-doc will, as is so often the case, appeal mostly to fans. Chronicles somewhat formulaically the band’s early years, its misbehaving and its excesses as success eluded it. (It’s worthy of note that some consider Mott the inspiration for Rob Reiner’s classic 1984 mock-doc This is Spinal Tap). At any rate, Tokyo audiences will be most interested in keyboardist/composer Morgan Fisher, who has lived here since 1985 and puts on a fascinating monthly series of one-man conceptual/improvisational concerts called “Morgan’s Organ” (with photography) at SuperDeluxe.

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