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Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story (2017)

The story of Mick Ronson, the guitar great who helped to create the sound of David Bowie's hugely influential glam rock years.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Narrator (voice)
Mick Ronson ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Finnigan Mary Finnigan ... Herself
Bob Harris Bob Harris ... Himself
Suzi Ronson Suzi Ronson ... Herself
Jon Brewer Jon Brewer ... Himself
Dana Gillespie ... Herself
Angie Bowie Angie Bowie ... Herself
Kevin Cann Kevin Cann ... Himself
David Stopps David Stopps ... Himself
Maggi Ronson Maggi Ronson ... Herself
Tony Visconti Tony Visconti ... Himself
John Peel John Peel ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Laurence Myers Laurence Myers ... Himself
Mick Rock ... Himself
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The story of Mick Ronson, the guitar great who helped to create the sound of David Bowie's hugely influential glam rock years.

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Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2017 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,100, 27 August 2017

Gross USA:

$11,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,400
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Walk On The Wild Side
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by Lou Reed
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Publishing Sony ATV Music Pub LLC
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Good documentary on one of rock music's most underrated artists
28 July 2018 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Documentary on Mick Ronson, most famously known as being the guitarist in David Bowie's early-career backing band, The Spiders From Mars. He was also a producer and arranger of note, working with a wide variety of artists.

Good documentary on one of rock music's most underrated artists. Most people will only know him from his Bowie years, and then the focus is on Bowie, naturally. However, he was an incredibly talented and accomplished artist in his own right, contributing much to Bowie's songs, including writing and arranging some of the music. Musically and presence-wise he was the perfect complement to Bowie.

Moreover, he had an incredibly successful and prolific career after Bowie, playing in several bands and backing bands plus producing tracks and albums by artists as diverse as John Cougar Mellencamp, Lou Reid and Morrisey.

The documentary highlights these successes well and also shows how modest he was in achieving these successes. Good range of interviewees.

On the negative side, it does gloss over some of the detail, just giving an almost bullet-pointed, blow-by-blow history, rather than getting to the reasons for certain things happening.


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