THE SPIDER WITH THE PLATINUM HAIR

A MICK RONSON BIOGRAPHY

The authors, Weird and Gilly (characters from the David Bowie album, Ziggy Stardust), have written a book about guitar legend Mick Ronson, and they have done a tremendous job!
For those who don’t know who Mick Ronson was, this may not be a book for you. Others, like me, will probably find the book overwhelming with all its details and stories.
Michael Ronson was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1946.
Weird & Gilly has interviewed a lot of his relatives, classmates and others that stood him near.
I’m usually a quick reader, but in this case, it took me weeks to complete it. I didn’t know that much!
I bought some of Mick Ronson’s solo projects, and of course, I bought the remastered version of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (I had them all on vinyl, but my son have got all my records and stereo system). The book is very well written, and all the stories have given me a new perspective on both Mick Ronson and the whole environment around David Bowie. As a supplement to the book, it is well worth downloading the video Beside Bowie. It’s easy to find online, and it’s free to download. At least the copy I found.

Mick Ronson and David Bowie


Technical facts:
Published by Music Press Books www.johnblakebooks.com

The book even contains a couple of pages with pictures, which is a bit unusual for a paperback.
The number of pages is 378 plus the cover.

Finally, I only saw Mick Ronson on stage once.
It was with Mott the Hoople at a club in Bergen. The concert was fantastic and it was an experience to watch Mick Ronson’s way of playing.
Mick later returned to Bergen, where he was to produce a record for Secret Mission, a well-known Norwegian band.
One night I happened to meet him at a pub in town. He stood right next to me and greeted very politely. I wanted to tell him that he was the world’s best guitarist, but I figured it was something he had heard far too many times. Instead, we had a conversation about very ordinary things.

I’ll never forget it!

We can be heroes, forever and ever

«I had a friend back in the 70-ties who came back after a trip to London where he had bought some LP’s, one of them was «The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars». No one had ever heard of the singer «David Bowie».
He put the record on though and after the first three bars of «Five Years» I had become a «Bowie fan» and have been it since.
I have used his lyrics as a title for many of my pictures and I will certainly be doing it in the future.

David Bowie on stage in Gothenburg 1983

On last Friday, on «David Bowie’s» birthday he gave out his last album, «Blackstar», and in the evening we sat listening to it and watch the video which came with it.
«Blackstar» is full of understatements and full of symbolism’s which gives another meaning today when I hear that he had died, than it did on Friday.
I have only been to one live concert with «Bowie», in Gøteborg, Sweden, in 1983. That was both a birthday and divorce present to myself as I turned 30 that year.
It was a great gig, a part of the «Serious Moonlight Tour». It was illegal to photograph but after I was stopped by the guards my girlfriend at «that time» managed to smuggle the camera in. Unfortunately, we were too far away to get a good shot.
I had never thought that this picture would be used but I prefer one of my own pictures, even if it’s bad, above stealing someone else’s.
David Bowie, you will be deeply missed. May you rest in peace …»

I wrote this three years ago and if you are wondering why it is on this blog then it is because the image used here is included in the book «The Man Outside the Window».