Documentary about guitar great Mick Ronson, featuring narration by David Bowie, hits theaters Friday | WJBD

MVD VisualA new documentary about one of David Bowie‘s most celebrated collaborators, the late Mick Ronson, will get its U.S. theatrical premiere in select cities this Friday, September 1.

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, which features narrated segments recorded by Bowie prior to his death, takes an in-depth look at Ronson, who’s probably best known as lead guitarist for David’s early-1970s band The Spiders from Mars. Mick died of liver cancer in April 1993 at the age of 46.

The film, directed by Jon Brewer, reveals how important Ronson’s creative input was to Bowie’s classic glam-rock-era material, and also takes a look at his work with a wide variety of other artists.

In addition to Bowie’s contributions, the film features new and archival interviews with a variety of Ronson’s musical collaborators, friends and fans, including Lou Reed, Queen‘s Roger Taylor, Mott the Hoople‘s Ian Hunter, Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and David’s ex-wife Angie Bowie.

The movie also includes plenty of footage of Ronson performing with Bowie, as well as with Bob Dylan, members of Queen and others.

“Both Mick Ronson and David Bowie together were the ultimate duo,” says Brewer. “They performed and recorded like magicians and created masterpieces that will live on forever.”

On September 1, Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story will be screened in theaters in Los Angeles; New York City; Buffalo, New York; Kansas City, Missouri; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The week after, the film also will open in various other theaters around the U.S., and it’ll arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13.  You can pre-order it now at

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