Rock 'n' Roll Sweepstakes is a frank and comprehensive biography of a remarkable man, an amazing life and an incredible musical legacy. It covers Ian Hunter's youth and formative rock 'n' roll years in the Sixties, Mott the Hoople's formation, David Bowie's intervention as 'a fan' of the band and Mott's rise to international stardom. Sitting alongside Ian Hunter's 'Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Star', this Authorised Biography shines a light on the highs and lows of stardom and the music business lifestyle. It also tells how Ian, at Mott's peak, found a friction with fame and jettisoned what he had achieved with the band to pursue a sparkling forty-year solo career.
Biographer Campbell Devine has collaborated with Ian Hunter, all of Mott the Hoople and their personnel, and dozens of other significant groups, performers and celebrity fans including Gene Simmons (Kiss), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Brian May (Queen), Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick). Containing candid first-hand revealing accounts, unseen images and in-depth observations and musical commentaries, this is the ultimate biography of one of rock's greatest writers, performers and influencers.