That time I called up Mick Ronson and asked what he’d been doin’ the last few years

By Steve Newton

I’ve got a lotta guitar heroes, and as a rock journalist for 35 years now, I’ve managed to interview quite a few.

One of my all-time faves has to be Mick Ronson. I’ve been crazy about him since I heard my first David Bowie album, Aladdin Sane, back in April of ’73.

His playing on all the Ziggy-era stuff was killer, though no better than what he did with Ian Hunter later on.

Back on September 9, 1988, I interviewed both Hunter and Ronson, separately, on the phone.

I called Mick in New York and–as you can tell by the sound of somebody testing a drum in the background–it must have been either a studio or a concert venue.

I started the conversation by asking what he’d been up to the last few years, and when he said that one of the things he’d been doing was producing country artists in Nashville, I was a little surprised. That’s a long way from Ziggy.

But of course Ronson was the type of creative soul who liked to explore different types of music, as he explained to me.

Have a listen:



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