Here's a preview of the upcoming documentary on that most unheralded of British bands (and one of my all time favorites), the monumental Mott the Hoople. I have never been one of those fans who ever considered traveling ridiculously long distances simply to go see a band, but when it was announced that the original Mott lineup was reuniting for a small run of shows in London in 2009, you can bet I was weighing the options.
There's lots and lots to say about Mott the Hoople, but I'll just start with this: If you haven't heard their 1973 album Mott, start there and get back to me. In the meantime, enjoy this lengthy trailer. The Ballad of Mott the Hoople comes out on DVD on November 15, but you'll be able to see it before then, as part of the Northwest Film Center's Reel Music Festival on October 10 at the Mission Theater.