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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott appears in a new Mick Ronson documentary that is being released soon on DVD.

The film titled "Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson" story was actually released in UK cinemas earlier this year and broadcast by SKY Arts TV.

Joe appears alongside many other musicians talking about Mick's life and career.

The DVD is now being released in the USA on October 13th as a 2 disc set and runs for 101 minutes.

The other contributors to the film include Mike Garson, Suzi Ronson, Maggie Ronson, Lou Reed, Ian Hunter and the late David Bowie.

A short trailer for the documentary is shown below.

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story - Joe Elliott Quotes

"There's absolutely no doubt the icing on the cake, when it came to the musicianship, was Ronson."

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story - Press Release Quotes

Emperor Media Ltd. and Producer/Director Jon Brewer (BB King, Nat King Cole, Jimi Hendrix) have gained the unprecedented privilege of access and permission for use of materials relating to the life of rock hero MICK RONSON, who was largely commercially uncelebrated – despite his direct contribution and pivotal involvement in countless iconic compositions of David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars.

Beside Bowie 2017.

Despite his production and guitar work with Morrissey, Lou Reed on TRANSFORMER, Ian Hunter and Mott The Hoople, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and many others, it is Mick Ronson’s dynamic support, contribution, and co-creation of the expansive and multi-faceted career of David Bowie and in fact that era of music, that this film exposes. With exclusive voice over contributions from David Bowie and contributed to by Rick Wakeman, Joe Elliott, Roger Taylor, Ian Hunter, Angie Bowie and many more, “BESIDE BOWIE: The Mick Ronson Story” is the untold tale story of an uncomplicated man who achieved the pinnacle of success in the music industry as well as the rarefied respect from his contemporaries for his production and guitar skills.

His humble beginnings (in the northern English city of Hull) underpinned the values and modest, unpretentious personality of Mick Ronson. Originally working with Hull City Council while he pursued his craft with consummate dedication, word of his talent reached David Bowie who grabbed at the chance to work with Mick, and from there rock history was made. “The Man Who Sold the World”, ‘Aladdin Sane’ “Hunky Dory”, “Jean Genie”, all were constructed with Mick Ronson on guitar. In 1974 he was voted #2 ‘Best Guitarist’ in ‘Cream’ magazine (notably Eric Clapton came in third).

Jon Brewer’s documentary reveals facts that most will be surprised to learn, as told by those who were there. Controversial at times, always fascinating, the film boasts never before released archive, graphic backstage footage plus iconic photographs from Mick Rock, Bowie’s official photographer at the time. The film asks, after considering the degree to which Ronson put forth musical concepts and compositions with Bowie year after year… ‘Just where would we, or David Bowie, be were it not for the immense creative input of Mick Ronson? Some contributors are very clear on this issue in the film.

Sadly in 1993 Ronson passed away before receiving the recognition he so richly deserved before taking that final bow, as seen on film, at this last show. He had been making a solo album at the time, which was subsequently finished by his contemporaries. Emperor Media have achieved ultimate authenticity and access in chronicling the life and works of this man, an extraordinary talent who became a cornerstone of rock music and who stood ‘Beside Bowie’ during one of the most memorable periods of his dazzling career.

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