Mott The Hoople. William MANUS.
Mott The Hoople.
Mott The Hoople.


Mott The Hoople.

London: Secker & Warburg, 1967. First UK edition. 255pp. An American novel, featuring protagonist Norman Mott, a 'hoople' or yokel, now best remembered for providing record producer Guy Stevens with the name for the British rock band, Mott the Hoople.

Though there is nothing to identify it as such, this copy is said to be the actual book Stevens read in Wormwood Scrubs whilst imprisoned for drug offences in 1968. According to the accompanying letter of provenance provided by its former owner, the book was acquired from Elton John's drummer, Roger Pope, to whom Stevens gave it after he was re-employed by Island Records following his release from prison.

Known for generating distinctive band names, such as Procol Harum, Stevens suggested the book's title for a group he envisioned as "the perfect rock band", thinking it would look good written down, "with lots of O's and T's". Stevens produced Mott the Hoople's first two albums, though fame and success came only after David Bowie wrote "All the Young Dudes" for them in 1972, reportedly whilst sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in Regent Street in front of the band's lead singer, Ian Hunter.

Very Good plus in slightly chipped and torn dw., with three neat, internal tape repairs. The British first edition is extremely uncommon, with this copy uniquely steeped in British rock'n'roll folklore.