Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Directed and Produced by Jon Brewer
Documentary featuring David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Angie Bowie, Ian Hunter
Voiceover by David Bowie
Emperor Media Ltd
Theatrical Release date: September 1, 2017 (Limited) Blu-ray Release (via Mvd Visual): October 13, 2017
A new documentary on Mick Ronson, the late guitar player who was one of the key figures in the early success of David Bowie when he became a superstar in the early 1970s, has been recently released called Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. The film, which includes voiceover by Bowie (who passed away in early 2016), attempts to give more of a spotlight to a man who in essence lived in Bowie’s shadow, something which unfortunately also happens here in this documentary, whether it was intentional or not in its presentment.
Happy 66th birthday today to the one and only musically sonic alchemist David Bowie, the artistic pantologist who kept reinventing himself, taking music and genres to levels untold, using and utilizing his influences, inventing and shaping existing modes and expressions, and ultimately acting as a broad influence and factotum to those who followed him.
Other than jazz maverick Miles Davis and The Beatles, it would be difficult to try and find another artist/or artists who kept changing like a chameleon in all facets of his art the way David Bowie did, nurturing and producing A-list and struggling musicians along the way who also became well-known and revered; in essence Bowie became the number one artist to look at as a bonafide concrete example of creating a new identity again and again. Most musicians and artists are usually, while extremely successful at it, mired in their own personal skins and hardly ever deviate from it. If one listens to records by the mighty Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, or even Black Sabbath, the sound is instantly recognizable, their styles are immediate to the listener, upon first note and physical posturing.
The 40th anniversary of David Bowie‘s breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars has been reached this year, and to celebrate this, there is a free stream of the entire album to listen to below, AND there will be a full scale special re-release of the album on CD, MP3, and limited edition vinyl formats on June 5th.
The album, which propelled Bowie into mythical status, stands as one of rock and roll’s all time great albums. Bowie, who had rotated his way around the musical landscape for a few years prior to this with a few releases and even a hit in “Space Oddity,” finally hit the jackpot with Ziggy Stardust. The album, a concept one which tells the tale of an alien mired in androgyny who fell to Earth with a hopeful rock and roll message and became a rock star of superstar proportions that would also happen to Bowie in real life as a result of the album in an amazing case of art imitates life, is almost a roadmap for glam and early punk and hard rock sounds. Bowie was hinting at this sound on earlier albums, “The Width of A Circle” on The Man Who Sold the World and “Queen Bitch” on Hunky Dory, but on Ziggy Stardust, the sound became fully realized, the attitudes and style he was carving and carving finally came to whirlwind musical fruitions. Not only did the album put Bowie in a higher musical echelon, it also almost singlehandedly started the entire glam movement, a movement started in a way by Marc Bolan and T-Rex, who certainly was the Chuck Berry to Bowie’s Rolling Stone glam, but Bowie had the superstar power and muscle to put him over the top and arguably become the sole heir of the glam rock mantle with this release.