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'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story' argues that British rocker deserves more credit for Ziggy Stardust success

'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story' argues that British rocker deserves more credit for Ziggy Stardust success

The rock doc “Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story,” directed by veteran rock ’n’ roll chronicler Jon Brewer, asks who was Ziggy Stardust without the Spiders From Mars? The answer the film arrives at is: probably no one without Ronson, David Bowie’s lead guitarist in the early 1970s.

A humble gardener from Hull, Ronson was the sonic muscle behind Bowie’s theatrics, and later a producer and arranger for other artists. The film centers on the argument that Ronson, who died of liver cancer in 1993, deserved far more credit than he received for shaping Bowie’s sound through arrangements and production.

Ronson was treated and paid as a gigging musician on Bowie’s first tours and...

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