New Rock Doc Sheds Light On The Man Who Defined David Bowie's Sound In The Early 70s

The man who defined David Bowie's sound in the early 70s is finally getting a sliver of the spotlight in a new rock documentary. 'Beside Bowie' takes an in-depth look at the late British guitarist Mick Ronson, who recorded and toured with Bowie from 1970-1973 - the seminal phase in the singer's career that saw him go from folk pastiche to glam rock pioneer.

But he might not have skyrocketed to fame if Ronson hadn't chipped in the snarling guitar licks on tracks like 'Queen Bitch,' 'Suffragette City,' 'Rebel Rebel' and other tunes that defined the Ziggy Stardust era. But he also had a softer side that shone through the string arrangements in hits like 'Life on Mars?' - one of Bowie's best ballads.

The documentary also details Ronson's career after leaving the Spiders from Mars, including laying down guitar tracks on Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day,' touring with Bob Dylan and arranging 'Jack and Diane' with John Mellencamp. On top of that, the film features exclusive voiceovers from Bowie, who recorded some reflections on his longtime collaborator for the doc before joining Ronson in the big gig in the sky just over a year ago.

'Beside Bowie' premieres this weekend in select theaters across the country.


Before Nikki Furrer was a cannabis writer and professional, she had another dream job: owning an independent bookstore. While she says her business venture as a bookseller was ultimately untenable, it did open her eyes to how much she enjoys “matching the reader to the exact book they’re craving.” This zest for matchmaking is evident in her book 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis.' As the title suggests, 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis' is for women who are curious about cannabis. A more appropriate title, however, might have been a 'A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis.' Though Furrer touches on applications for the plant that are specific to women—relief of menstrual pain or beauty (though her belief that cannabis is a beauty product because it makes you appear more well-rested seems relevant to both men and women—much of the information in the book is relevant to anyone who is totally inexperienced with cannabis, apprehensive about trying it and needs a run down of the basics.

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