Right after I got off from work Wednesday, I ran by the library and picked up the Ian Hunter book.
At night, I was too tired to read much of it, but I managed 20 pages or so. Diary of a Rock n’ Roll Star is Hunter’s account of a 5-week tour of the U.S. In late 1972. So far, I’m really enjoying what I’ve read.
The part that I’ve read just covers a few days. Hunter and his band mates in Mott the Hoople fly over from the U.K. To Los Angeles, where they stay at the infamous Continental Hyatt (or “Riot”) House. In the diary, seeks to strip away the glamour of rock n’ roll. He does so, but his account still makes you wish that you were there.
So far, Hunter has marvelled at the mild L.A. Climate and talked about the money, groupies, and fame that (sometimes) go with being in rock n’ roll. The only wrong note he hit was a slam on the American middle class; to me, that sounded like old news – exactly what you’d expect from someone in show biz.
But the Diary is still a terrific read.