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Ian Hunter: Still Rocking Under The Radar

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Known as the inventive hard-rock songwriter of the '70s band Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter has been highly influential over the years. His edgy hits established a punk-rock paradigm for artists such as The Clash, Kiss, R.E.M., Blur and Oasis, among many others.

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After short stints with bands such as The New Yardbirds, Hunter settled into a role as Mott the Hoople's principle vocalist and songwriter, enjoying success as part of the early-'70s London rock scene. Following the band's temporary split, David Bowie produced its hit album All the Young Dudes, which brought the group worldwide fame.

Though Mott the Hoople later disbanded, Hunter's lyrical prowess led to a new career as a solo artist. For the following 15 years, he led a successful solo career with the assistance of Mott lead guitarist Mick Ronson. He faded out of the mainstream in the '80s, but returned in the '90s and hasn't stopped since. Now on his 13th solo album, Man Overboard, the prolific Hunter shows no signs of slowing down.

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