Thursday, October 15, 2020

Ronnie Wood Is Grateful That "Somebody Up There Likes Me" In His New Documentary

The newly created documentary "Somebody Up There Likes Me" about the life of musician/artist Ronnie Wood was recently released on DVD, Blu-ray and in hardcover book form Eagle Rock Entertainment. The film (by acclaimed director Mike Figgis) was an official selection of both the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020 and the BFI London Film Festival in 2019. It gives fans a first hand account into the life of Ronnie Wood, as told by Wood himself.

The documentary includes loads of archival footage from Wood's early days with his first band, The Birds, to his time with The Jeff Beck Group, The Faces and of course The Rolling Stones. Wood's theory to his success is that he was "in the right place at the right time." The film also gives us a glimpse into Ronnie Wood's other passion, art. Whether its painting or sculpting, Ronnie talks about it with as much love and emotion as he does with his music. 

Many of Ronnie's current Rolling Stones' bandmates (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts) discuss Wood's arrival into the band in 1975 and how he has helped shape the music over the years. The film also includes a complete live performance of "When The Whip Comes Down" to showcase how Wood was the perfect fit for the band in late-seventies. Also included are interviews with former bandmate Rod Stewart, artist Damien Hirst, Wood's wife Sally Wood and sing Imelda May, who he discovered in a small blues club. One of the bonus items in this set is Wood and May performing "Wee Wee Hours" on stage together.

Ronnie Wood also talks about his demons, which were in the form of drugs, alcohol and smoking, which took up a good chunk of his life. At seventy years old, Wood looks back and wonders where all the time went and feels gypped that time has moved so quickly. The final scenes of the documentary show Wood as a family man with his two young daughters, before performing an intimate, acoustic rendition of his song "Breathe On Me" in his home studio.

Some more of the bonus section includes a couple more live performances, as well as an in-depth look into his artwork, including his bronze statue "Half Man, Half Horse." To find out more about this new film "Somebody Up There Like Me," please visit ronniewoodmovie.com.

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