This documentary may have taken five years to complete but time is irrelevant when the end result is as moving,funny,interesting and informative as this disc.'The Passing Show' is a 107 minute journey through the short 51 year life of Ronnie Lane-singer,songwriter,bassist,guitarist with The Small Faces,Faces and Slim Chance.
With contributions from Kenney Jones,Pete Townsend,Eric Clapton and Ian Maclaggan among others,this film begins with his humble upbringing on the streets of London's East End where his father buys him his first bass guitar and ends with his fight against multiple sclerosis (pneumonia eventually took his life in 1997).
It features excellent footage of The Small Faces and The Faces but because of the striving for superstardom by Steve Marriot and Rod Stewart who were aiming higher than their modest band mates Ronnie bails out,turns his back on the music industry and goes his own way.He then embarks on a humble yet sometimes hilarious gypsy-like lifestyle in the Shropshire countryside with family,friends and fellow musicians(the Tow-Bar Tale in the bonus section is classic!).
When the multiple sclerosis begins to take hold and affect his well-being he moves to the milder climate of Houston,Texas where he is adored and almost worshipped by musicians and disc jockeys.This final chapter in his all too short life is quite emotional,Kenney Jones telling us how Ronnies wife would put the phone to his ear to exchange words because Ronnie was too weak to hold the reciever.Ian Maclaggan holding back the tears as he describes Ronnies final months and the sight of a pale,crippled,exhibit-like Ronnie Lane performing 'Ooh La La' in a small club in Texas brings a lump to the throat.
A brilliant,funny yet touching and emotional tribute to an unsung hero of British music over the last 40 years.
God Bless Him.