Mott The Hoople photographs by Brian Cooke

In 1971, at the invitation of Chris Blackwell, I became Island Records’ in house photographer and with my graphic designer wife Marylin, set up Visualeyes Ltd to work with the label’s iconic 70’s artists such as Roxy Music, Traffic, John Martyn and Mott The Hoople. In the latter half of the 70’s I teamed up with fellow Yorkshire photographer Trevor Key to form Cooke Key Associates and we became Virgin Records’ agency working with their early artists such as Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream and The Sex Pistols. During this time we were responsible for the design of the now world famous Virgin logo. We also worked for other record companies, such as Chrysalis, for who I photographed artists including Blondie, Spandau Ballet and Ultravox. In the 80’s and onward Cooke Key disbanded so I continued with a renamed Visualeyes Imaging Services, which became the premier reproduction company to London’s music business, building up a unique archive of pictures.
To see more of my pictures from this period go to www.briancooke.com. To find out more about my history go to www.younevertoldus.co.uk.

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Mott The Hoople 4

CARLTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE - JANUARY 1971: L-R Buffin, Mick Ralphs, Overend Watts, Verden Allen, Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople pose for their Wildlife album cover on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire in January 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 5

CARLTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE - JANUARY 1971: Verden Allen, Ian Hunter, Buffin, Overend Watts, Mick Ralphs, Mott The Hoople pose for their Wildlife album cover on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire in January 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 6

CARLTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE - JANUARY 1971: L-R Ian Hunter, Overend Watts, Mick Ralphs, Buffin, Verden Allen, Mott The Hoople pose for their Wildlife album cover on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire in January 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hooplle 711A 7

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MottTheHoople 7

CARLTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE - JANUARY 1971: L-R Mick Ralphs, Buffin, Overend Watts, Ian Hunter, Verden Allen, Mott The Hoople pose for their Wildlife album cover on Carlton Bank in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire in January 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711B 4

Cleveland Hills - January 1971: L to R Overend Watts, Ian Hunter, Buffin, Verden Allen and Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople in the Cleveland Hills above Middlesbrough in January 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 9

Cleveland Hills - January 1971: L to R Buffin, Overend Watts, Mick Ralphs seated , Ian Hunter and Verden Allen of Mott The Hoople in the Cleveland Hills above Middlesbrough in January 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122E 5A

LONDON - JULY 1971: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople playing bass guitar on the shoulders of Mad Mick Lambert at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122A 14

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122A 5

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122A 6

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122A 9

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122B 15

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122B 16A

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122B 17A

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122B 18A

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Mott The Hoople 7122B 19A

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Mott The Hoople 7122C 3A

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Mott The Hoople 7122C 4A

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Mott The Hoople 7122D 2

LONDON - JULY 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122D 5A

LONDON - JULY 1971: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122D 6A

LONDON - JULY 1971: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople at The Royal Albert Hall, London on July 8 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7122 6A

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col5A 17

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col8B 16

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col8B 17

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col9B 5

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col9B 9

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Mott The Hoople 7129 11A

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 14A

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 15A

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Buffin of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 16A

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 19A

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 5A

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 2

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: L-R Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Buffin, Verden Allen, Overend Watts, Mott The Hoople playing at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 3

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: L-R Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Buffin, Verden Allen, Overend Watts, Mott The Hoople playing at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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MottTheHoople 1

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: L-R Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Buffin, Verden Allen, Overend Watts, Mott The Hoople playing at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col 8A-15

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Buffin of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 2

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 8

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Buffin of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col 11A 10

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Verden Allen of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col 11B-11

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col 11B-12

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col 11B 9

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col 12A 2

LONDON - AUGUST 1971: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Island Records Basing Street Studios on August 10 1971 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col10B 15

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col10B 21

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col12B 8

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Mott The Hoople 7129 Col3 17

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 1 16

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 1 6

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 1 8

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 26 1970: Buffin of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 1 9

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 26 1970: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 2 1

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 26 1970: Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 2 14

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 2 3

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 26 1970: Verden Allen of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 2 5

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 3 10

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 3 12

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 3 15

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 3 4

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 26 1970: Verden Allen of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 3 7

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 4 1

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 26 1970: Mott The Hoople L to R Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Buffin, Overend Watts and Verden Allen at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 4 11

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 26 1970: Verden Allen of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 4 13

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 711 Col 4 7

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople at Birmingham Town Hall on December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Mott The Hoople 8

BIRMINGHAM - DECEMBER 1970: Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople on stage at Birmingham Town Hall, December 26 1970 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns