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The Passing Show [DVD] [2006]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWXQTS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ronnie Lane - The Passing Show

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ronnie lane finally receives the recognition his wonderful talent deserves.this dvd took me through all the emotions,joy at seeing ronnie enjoying himself on stage and at home,anger at how he was ripped off by managers,laughing out loud as he's described as as being a very naughty boy for his fondness for the fair sex, and sadness at his sad death.plenty of anecdotes from ex-slim chance members,grease band,mac and kenny,pete townsend and eric plus his ex-wives make for very interesting viewing.this isn't a whitewash job either as funny and embarrassing moments are recalled.the fact that they genuinely couldn't find anyone with a bad word to say about ronnie is a testament to the man.the only (slight)disappointment is that rod and woody didn't contribute for whatever reasons.this is an extended version of the programme shown earlier this year on bbc4,the extras with ronnies friends playing some of his songs really are a delight.when shown on tv this was followed by ronnie lane at the bbc with footage from his career in the small faces,top of the pops with the faces, up to his appearances on the old grey whistle test with slim chance.this sadly is not included on this set though performance footage is scattered throughout though not in its entirety.had this dvd included this footage i would have had no hesitation in awarding it 5 stars.as it is it is still a fantastic tribute to the wonderful genius of ronnie which i recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in the man.heres hoping the bbc footage will eventually see the light of day on dvd.until then this fills the gap nicely.
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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 America's mid-west where he is adored and almost worshipped by musicians and disc jockeys. This final chapter in his all too short life is quite emotional with Kenney Jones telling us how Ronnie's wife would put the phone to his ear to exchange words because he was too weak to hold the reciever. Ian Maclaggan also holds back the tears as he describes Ronnies final months, and the sight of a pale, 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.
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A lovingly assembled tribute to the life and music of Ronnie Lane compiled from the recollections of family, close friends and the musicians Ronnie worked with over the all too short years of his life. These interviews have been spliced together with rare archive & concert footage and accompanied throughout by a soundtrack spanning his career. If, like me, your life has been touched by Ronnies music at any time from the Small faces via The Faces and into the Slim Chance years, then you should not hesitate to buy this. My heartfelt thanks to Rupert Williams and his co-producers for the labour of love in putting this together and as Ronnie wrote on the cover of Slim Chance - thanks to Mrs Schlagbaum for having such a nice boy.
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How best to describe Ronnie Lane and more specifically this DVD of his life? Well, look at it as the perfect antedote to our retched Big Brother, pop idol, corporate generation.

Ronnie was from different stock. Brought up by a loving father on the debris of east Londons Blitz ravaged streets. He weaved a more humble path through rock and roll. Always seeming happier in the background, first behind Marriot then Stewart. He saw the false adulation of the aforementioned singers growing ego's and left superstardom behind for a more rustic exsistence.

This film charts Ronnie's life with the loving hand it deserves. So if ever your feeling a little deflated about music and life in general, stick it on and let the Plonk way of life be a guide!
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I have to agree with the other reviewers, this is a bitter-sweet, touching but enjoyable documentary about one of the most loved British

musicians.

There are some great clips, interviews and the DVD holds together well as a biopic and not just a collection of bits. It is strange that Ron Wood and Rod Stewart weren't interviewed, given their role in the Faces, perhaps it was something contractual?

The extras are OK and feature nice performances of songs like Ooh La La and other charming numbers. There's also some rehearsal footage of the 1983 ARMS concert, which is well worth a purchase.

Next time someone's collecting for MS, please think of Ronnie and give them a contribution.
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