If you are a rock fan of a certain age, or a fan of rock music from a certain era (that era being the Seventies), the name Mick Ronson will make your eyes light up. He was that blond guitar god flashing out those memorable riffs during David Bowie‘s Spider From Mars period. He co-produced Lou Reed‘s Transformer album with Bowie and when Ian Hunter went solo he had Ronson as his guitarist. Ronson played guitar on John Mellencamp‘s “Jack & Diane,” produced Morrissey‘s Your Arsenal album and was part of Dylan‘s fabled Rolling Thunder Revue band. And that is only the tip of the iceberg (David Cassidy and Pure Prairie League are among his credits too).
I mention all of this because new documentary Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story is coming to select cinemas in September before its home video release (via MVD Entertainment Group) on Oct. 27. The film, an Emperor Media Ltd production, was made by noted music documentarian Jon Brewer, who also was part of Bowie’s management team back in the day. Bowie, in fact, contributed narration for this film before he passed away.
Here is Ronson performing “Slaughter On Tenth Avenue” (the title track to his 1974 solo debut) with Ian Hunter’s band in 1980.