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Ian Hunter And Rant Band On Tour Now!

Don’t miss Ian Hunter and the Rant Band – On Tour Now!
Looking forward to seeing all you dudes and dudettes in Cleveland on Wednesday May 10th!

Ian Hunter and Rant Band Set List
Beachland Ballroom Cleveland 2016

Mick Ronson Remembered 1946 – 1993

Ronno Remembered

Mick Ronson is remembered today and always.

24 years after his passing; his songs, his music and his spirit lives on. He left his immeasurable impact on each and every one of us. Today, we hope you celebrate him. Play some guitar, play his music and play nice. Be kind to each other and above all Play…Don’t Worry.

Until now, you’ve only seen this photo in black and white, published in The Spider With The Platinum Hair. Today we colour the world, colour you – colour me.

We love you Mick.

May 26, 1946 – April 29, 1993

(c) Photo Weird and Gilly – Newport, Columbus OH 1988

 

Earl Slick Pays Mick Ronson A Sweet Compliment

Earl

Mick Ronson was the best guitarist David Bowie ever had” says Earl Slick in the new ‘Beside Bowie’ trailer.

Given Slick has played on multiple Bowie records and tours this is a tear jerking compliment to say the least. Way to go Earl, we love you too!

 

‘Beside Bowie’ The Mick Ronson Story

Beside Bowie

Cardinal Releasing has released the official trailer for ‘Beside Bowie’ The Mick Ronson Story and it’s causing a speed jive sensation throughout the Bowie and Ronson camps.

Interview clips with David Bowie, Joe Elliott, Lou Reed, Cherry Vanilla, Tony Zanetta and more reveal what a magnificent guitarist and man RONNO was and why his legacy lives on. We congratulate Cardinal Releasing as we anticipate hearing more about the premier of this long awaited film.

Please visit their official Facebook page for more information.

 

Gary Kemp Talks About Mick Ronson April 4th

 Gary Kemp

Don’t miss Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet explore the life of his childhood guitar hero Mick Ronson on Sky ARTs April 4th.

Record, watch or download the program here:

Mick Ronson The Spider With The Platinum Hair Book 2017

TSWTPH 2017

The Mick Ronson biography ‘The Spider With The Platinum Hair’ will re-launch on April 6th, 2017 via John Blake Books.

Now, in its third printing this reissue  arrives with a brand new gorgeous cover and a few additional pages. This update picks up where the story left off in 2009 and brings the reader right back to Hull where currently celebrations are in the works to commemorate its favorite musical, native son: RONNO.

Shortly after John Blake Books bought out our former publisher, TSWTPH received a big digital nod getting issued as an eBook for the very first time. Clearly, this allows the Ronson story to reach more people worldwide and we couldn’t be happier about that.

In the wake of David Bowie’s passing, the revival of vinyl records and the recent activities of his family, peers and hometown, it’s as if there’s a renewed interest in Ronson and frankly, its due time.

We are deeply honored that people still care about this little book and we’re more proud of it today than ever. God bless The Spider With The Platinum Hair – we truly hope that you enjoy this new edition.

A USA release is scheduled for October 1st 2017!

 

 

Happy New Year 2016

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Ian Hunter Plays Kent Stage

 

Photos: Weird and Gilly

Ian Hunter played the Kent Stage on Oct. 5, and we’re here to tell you a bit about that exceptionally good Saturday gig. Leave it to Hunter and the Rant band to rekindle our fire, reminding us that summer is long over and it’s time to start carrying the news again. Going forward we plan to be more diligent about updating the WAG site and we can’t think of a better place to begin than with a thumbs up for Mr. Ian Hunter. Read the rest of this entry »

Ken Scott’s Book ‘Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust’ Is A Must Have Book

Weird really enjoyed the book ‘ABBEY ROAD TO ZIGGY STARDUST‘ by KEN SCOTT and BOBBY OWSINSKI so, here’s his take on the title:

For anyone with even a passing interest in some of the most iconic albums of all time, this book is a must.  World famous engineer/producer Ken Scott takes you behind the scenes of albums by The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, The Tubes, Devo and a host of others.  Not only is all the technical data explained, but you get a close-up view of bickering band members, shady managers and record company and management maneuvers.

Lots of space is devoted to Ken’s classic recordings with Bowie & The Spiders, giving you the most intimate descriptions of how these gifted musicians put their songs on tape.  Not only did he record them in the studio, but it was Ken in the RCA mobile unit who captured the last concert at the Hammersmith Odeon.  In the book, he professes his dislike of both mixes of the show.  It would definitely be interesting to hear how the man who produced Ziggy would mix this historic live event!

I really like the way the book is put together. Ken will talk about a band then you will get quotes from band members or other people who shine their light on the subject as well.  There is a photo section in the center of the book with amazing pictures, but the book is also peppered with photos and illustrations throughout.  A must have book about a golden period in music – thanks Ken!

Remembering Mick Ronson – Twenty Years Without You

Growing up with Mick Ronson and we’re fine. Growing up without him, not so fine. Twenty years ago on April 29th, 1993 we lost an electrifying guitarist and ace producer and arranger when Ronson passed away of liver cancer in his home with family and friends at his side. Read the rest of this entry »

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