Mott the Hoople ’74 banner

Still freakin’ on Mott

Yup, it’s true: One month and seven days after seeing Mott the Hoople ’74 in Glenside, Pa., I’m still on a deep-dive Mott bender. I’ve been listening, listening, listening. Like a crazy man.

Some day, I swear, I write do a non-Mott blog post again.

But for the moment, here’s a little something about a banner I made for the Mott show — kind of a companion to the T-shirt. The idea was to have Fro toss it onstage at the Keswick, just like Zar used to do in the old days at the Spectrum and the Tower.

Well, the best laid plans went astray. I won’t bore you with the details, but a family emergency prevented me from bringing the banner and wearing the T-shirt. I wore my Koss shirt instead. There’s a slight Free/Mott connection, if you think about it.

Anyway, here’s how I cooked up the banner. (It came out lookin’ like s***, by the way.)

First, I used this vintage ’74 photo as a reference. I thought it was so cool that the three dudes in the center — pianist Morgan Fisher, singer-guitarist Ian Hunter and guitarist Ariel Bender — are the very three dudes who played the Keswick. (R.I.P., Buffin and Overend.)


Then, I ran the heads through a high-contrast filter …

Then, I assembled the heads in a grid that matched the banner material proportionately …

Then, I displayed it on my desktop. I pencilled the grid on the material, and inked it freehand with marker, using the laptop-screen grid as my guide, square by square …

And here’s the result. It stinks. My biggest mistake was putting eyes on Morgan and Ariel. Yikes! Plus, Ian looks too cartoony. But I still woulda brought it to the Keswick. Tradition is tradition.

Here’s the banner next to the T-shirt. I still like how the T-shirt came out.

So where is the banner now? It’s, um, hanging in my garage. I don’t have the heart to throw it out. Yet.