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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story'
(Mick Ronson, David Bowie, Angie Bowie, Ian Hunter, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / NR / 2017 / MVD Visual)

Overview: From Emperor Media Ltd. and acclaimed producer/director Jon Brewer, music icon David Bowie narrates this unprecedented celebration of the life and works of guitar virtuoso Mick Ronson - a rock hero virtually unknown despite his direct contribution and involvement in countless compositions, lyrics and recordings that changed the face of music forever.

Blu-ray Verdict: As David Bowie's lead guitarist, arranger and band leader from 1970-1973 Mick Ronson made huge contributions to the work that ultimately catapulted Bowie to fame.

Here on 'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story', Jon Brewer's documentary on the late, great Mick Ronson helps give some perspective around his contribution to David Bowie's rise to stardom.

Here, along the way, David Bowie is quick to point out via narration that as much as Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders were only together for 18 months, but that not only was it his favorite period of time, but that it wouldn't have been so successful without Mick Ronson by his side at all times.

His humble beginnings in Hull, England underpinned the values and modest, unpretentious personality of Mick Ronson, who worked with the city's council while he pursued his craft with consummate dedication. Soon word of his talent reached David Bowie, who grabbed at the chance to work with Ronson, in what would become a career-long association.

As Ian Hunter himself points out, looking at Bowie at that time was like looking at someone from another planet, but then looking at Ronson was like looking at God's gift to women! Which is funny, because one of the best behind the scenes stories told here is from Angie Bowie. She relates a time when she told Ronson to put some eyeliner on to "bring out his beautiful eyes", and after he'd done that successfully, the next time she saw him he'd put lipstick on too!

Some other stories tell of how it was hard to understand Ronson due to his thick Hull accent from the UK. Lou Reed, in particular, admits he loved everything Bowie and Ronson did, but had such a hard time understanding one word that he spoke!

Sadly in 1993, while working on a solo album, Ronson passed away before receiving the recognition he so richly deserved or before taking that final bow. Now, with unprecedented access to archival backstage footage - never before released - and iconic imagery from superstar photographer Mick Rock, this fascinating and at times controversial special reveals the ultimate authentic chronicle of the career of a cornerstone of rock.

A stunning hour worth of history, 'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story' is all this and so, so much more, trust me. In closing, I'll leave you with my most favorite quote, and that's from Queens drummer, Roger Taylor. After having performed at Live Aid with Bowie on the bill, and then with Ronson at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert thereafter, Taylor tells us that he knew Bowie very well, and that he one time said to him, "When I found my Mick Ronson I found my Jeff Beck". How beautiful, and solid gold true is that. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story' [Blu-ray+DVD] was made available for purchase on October 13th, 2017.

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'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story' - Promo Trailer