Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
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When David Bowie (as Ziggy Stardust) draped his arm around guitarist Mick Ronson during a performance of Starman on Top of the Pops in 1972, a memorable moment in music was born. Documentary-maker Jon Brewer builds on this snapshot to hail the Hull musician (Bowie’s “Jeff Beck”), who died in 1993.

Family, friends and peers – among them Angie Bowie, Rick Wakeman and Ian Hunter - give great anecdote, and there’s a warm and appreciative voiceover from Bowie himself.

Ronson’s talent as an instrumentalist and music arranger is rightly celebrated, too, with nods to his stellar collaborations with Lou Reed, Morrissey and even Bob Dylan (whom Mick thought sounded like Yogi Bear!).

Brewer’s intimate portrait really is an essential reminder of the guitar great’s singular influence on the Bowie legend.

Summary

A profile of the guitarist and producer, who helped shape David Bowie's career while a member of the Spiders from Mars and worked with Morrissey, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan.
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