​David Bowie Narrates Mick Ronson Documentary, ‘Beside Bowie”

Mick Ronson, David Bowie’s lead guitarist and arranger on his most enduring 1970’s classic albums, passed away in 1993. Three years before Bowie’s death, Suzi Ronson (Mick’s wife) asked Bowie to record his memories of Spiders From Mars. Those audio recordings are the basis of the new documentary Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, which can be seen on Hulu.

The film, narrated by Bowie, reveals the history of their work together and how Ronson entered the rock scene. The meat of the film is Ronson’s working relationship with Bowie, and how they worked on new material together.

"I think, personally, that Mick Ronson should have got more credit with respect for the writing and certainly arranging all of that material," says Brewer. "It should have been credited to Bowie/Ronson ... and I think Bowie would have said that, too.”

Back in 1973, once Bowie announced that Spiders From Mars would never play together again, Ronson’s musical journey took a turn. He started a solo and producing career, but never was the focus of the spotlight again.

Ronson played with and produced many artists after his Bowie years, including Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue. He made two solo albums, Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1974) and Play Don’t Worry (1975) and worked with artists like Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Roger McGuinn, David Johansen, and John Mellencamp. In 1989, Hunter and Ronson recorded YUI Orta. Mick also worked with Bowie again on Bowie’s 1993 release, Black Tie White Noise.

His final solor record, Heaven and Hull, was made with the help of Bowie, Hunter, Chrissie Hynde, and Mellencamp. You can see Mick ronson’s extensive musical credits here.

8th Feb 2018 Lando

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