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The Passing Show [DVD] 
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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.
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!
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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A must watch if you are a Ronnie lane fan. I loved it :)Published 3 months ago by Stephen Hutchings
I am a big fan of the Small Faces, the whole group were great but the two that stand out as musicians and writers were Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RedGala
Excellent video of Ronnie Lanes life, documenting his time from his earliest days to his death. it shows in particular the point in time when Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance where on... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JP
I don't usually buy documentary DVDs but I'm glad that I bought this one. I learned things that I didn't know about Ronnie and enjoyed the contributions by his friends and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laptop Dave
Love Ronnie Lane, such a shame he's no longer around, genuine musical heavy weight.Published 17 months ago by E P Nunan