Mick Ronson was one of those guitarists who looked as flashy as their playing. Ronson was the key to making David Bowie the rock God instead of a folkie act. He was the key to those Spiders from Mars. Now the performer is getting more of the spotlight with the release of Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson. The movie will be in select theaters in the coming days before hitting home video before Halloween. Here’s the press release from MVD that includes dates:
Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
coming to theaters September 1st and home video on October 27th
With exclusive voice-over contributions from David Bowie, this film is a celebration of the life and works of guitar virtuoso Mick Ronson, a rock hero virtually uncelebrated despite his direct contribution and involvement in countless compositions, lyrics and recordings that changed the face of music forever.
An Emperor Media Ltd production, documentary special Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story (101:50 minutes) is from award-winning producer/director Jon Brewer. Mick Ronson’s humble beginnings in Hull, England underpinned his values and modest, unpretentious personality as he worked with the city’s council whilst pursuing 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, alongside collaborations with other greats such as Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter, Lulu, Lou Reed, Morrissey and John Mellencamp. The Man Who Sold the World, Aladdin Sane, Hunky Dory, The Jean Genie – all were constructed with Ronson on guitar.
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.
Producer and director Jon Brewer commented, “Both Mick Ronson and David Bowie together were the ultimate duo. They performed and recorded like magicians and created masterpieces that will live on forever.”
Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story is distributed in the US by MVD Entertainment Group via Blu-ray + DVD, transactional video on demand, and download to own rights from international distributor Content Media following the Parade Deck Films theatrical release .
Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle Music Hall
New York, NY – Cinepolis
Buffalo, NY – The Screening Room
Kansas City, MO – Screenland Arts & Crafts Film Festival
Albuquerque NM – The Guild Cinema
Portland, OR – Clinton Street Theater
September 4th and 5th:
San Francisco, CA – Roxy Theater ***Angie Bowie Q&A via Skype
Philadelphia, PA – Philamoca
Phoenix, AZ – Harkins Valley Art Theater
Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center
Wayne, PA – Reel Cinema
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