Sunday, November 12, 2017

DVD Review: The Life Of Mick Ronson Finally Gets Told In New "Beside Bowie" Documentary

English guitarist/songwriter/producer Mick Ronson left us way too soon when he died of cancer at the ripe young age of 46. He helped develop the sound of David Bowie in the seventies, worked on iconic albums by Lou Reed, Mott The Hoople and Bob Dylan and also created a couple of successful solo albums. To remember the life and times of Mick Ronson, director/producer Jon Brewer gathered many of his friends and colleges to help tell the story of Mick Ronson's success in the new documentary "Beside Bowie." 

The great thing about this film is the voice overs from David Bowie telling the story of how he and Mick Ronson came to work together on some of Bowie's classic albums like "Honky Dory" and "Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars." The documentary also contains historic footage of Ronson discussing the outlandish style portrayed by Bowie in the seventies. The film also goes on to depth, discussing his amazing songwriting ability as colleges like Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and Rick Wakeman (Yes) talk about how Ronson came up with certain pieces of songs that would make them iconic pieces in rock history.

The appearance of Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) helps see the impact Mick Ronson had to the careers of David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan from a fans perspective. The way the late-Lou Reed discusses Ronson's contributions to his "Transformers" album sounds as if Reed had become an instant fan of Ronson's song compositions. Everyone interviewed for this film showcases their love and admiration for the talents of Mick Ronson and how he impacted the sound of music in the seventies especially his help establishing the early career of David Bowie.

The highlight of the film is Mick Ronson's appearance at the "Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert" in 1992. Ronson performed alongside Bowie and the members of Queen one last time in front of one of the largest television audiences of all time, even though he was dealing with terminal liver cancer. Ronson spent the final months of his life working on one final solo album that would include contributions from his friends and colleges like David Bowie, Ian Hunter and Joe Elliott to just name a few. This new documentary does an outstanding job giving fans and admirers insight into the life of one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Mick Ronson. To find out more about the newly released "Beside Bowie" documentary, please visit

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