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This brilliant musical documentary tells the story of Ronnie Lane from his heyday with first the Small Faces and then the Faces, through the sixties and seventies, his experiments with a rural life and the touring musical circus that he dubbed The Passing Show. Finally it charts his latter days once he developed Multiple Sclerosis. Featuring numerous musical clips and interviews with family, friends and colleagues including Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones, Glyn Johns, Henry McCullough, Joe Ely and many more.

Includes clips from: April Fool, Debris, Whatcha Gonna Do About It?, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Itchycoo Park, Stay With Me, How Come, The Poacher, Tell Everyone, Annie, Kushty Rye, Ooh La La and many more...

BONUS FEATURES
* Acoustic performance of "Kushty Rye" by Henry McCullough.
* Acoustic performances of "Ooh La La" and "Annie" by Jody Denberg & Rich Brotherton.
* Acoustic performance of "The Poacher" by Steve Simpson & Charlie Hart.
* Additional interviews.


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ION7CG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Led Hed on September 30, 2006
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The Passing Show:

The Life and Music of Ronnie Lane

105 min Documentary for Theatrical Film Release and Worldwide DVD

60min version for TV

Ronnie Lane

Ronnie Lane was an innocent who saw through status, pretension and hype. He turned his back on his massive material success, and all the commercialism of the music business, and went chasing ideals. He had more than his fair share of disasters, but until his final illness, he shook them off and started again.

Even when he was a superstar, Ronnie had the nerve to recruit musicians around the pubs, choosing them because he liked their attitude - not because of their reputations or even their skill. With this approach he brought all sorts of diverse influences together, and is recognised as a powerful creative force. His music spanned Pop, Soul, Rock, Country and Folk. Ronnie always played for the sheer joy of entertaining people, whether he had an audience of 12 or 12,000, but he also wrote some of the most heartfelt and haunting songs of his time.

Nowadays more than ever we need reminding of how to throw off the shackles of cynicism and materialism. We need Ronnie's example of living life as if it was a Passing Show - valuing people we meet for who they are not what we can get from them, enjoying giving more than receiving, and not taking ourselves too seriously.

Ronnie Lane's Story

Ronnie Lane started life as the archetypal East End urchin who became a pop star at 17. He formed the Small Faces and with Steve Marriott started one of the great songwriting partnerships of the 60's. Ronnie then became the chief songwriter and co-lead vocalist of the Faces, arguably the best live band of the Seventies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jumpin' jack on January 11, 2007
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This is not just a typical story of rock and roll excess, nor is it a pious homage to yet another dead musician. This an inspiring exploration of a very complex individual struggling to balance his starring role as an amazing songwriter/musician in two of the most famous, and influential bands of our time, The Small Faces and The Faces, with his deeply felt spiritual aspirations (as a follower of Avatar Meher Baba).In the film, Ronnie Lane is portrayed first and foremost as a human being who courageously (foolishly) commits commercial careericide by following his heart to leave fame and fortune to travel around the countryside in a caravan playing the music he heard in his head... only to wind up in a valiant battle with multiple schlerosis. Throughout, Lane's talent, sincerity, humanity, courage, and importance prove as moving as the music itself.Perhaps a video compilation of some complete musical performances will follow? I hope...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Chiger on January 7, 2007
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Those of us who have long felt that Ronnie Lane has yet to receive his due have cause for celebration with the release of The Passing Show. The documentary offers little-seen footage of Lane from his days with the Small Faces, the Faces, and Slim Chance, along with some wonderfully evocative interviews with friends and colleagues. If the film isn't as thorough and complete as one would have liked (why do several friends, including Eric Clapton, comment that he was a "pain in the arse"? why is there little mention of One for the Road and no mention of See Me? what led to the dissolution of his second marriage? what sort of relationship did he have with his children?), that just leaves room for additional documentaries and books, which are hopefully forthcoming. Until then, The Passing Show serves as a moving testament to the man's character and talent as well as a tasty introduction for music fans who have yet to be exposed to his work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Eglesia on November 7, 2006
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Ronnie Lane's life and music is well represented on this DVD. It is very informative and entertaining with beautiful photography of the Welsh countryside and some very intimate live performances. The transistion from Small Faces to Faces to Slim Chance is well represented and a 1987 interview with Ronnie, which is used throughout the show, brings it all to life. There are also insightful commentaries by Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton and members of Slim Chance which capture the impact Ronnie Lane had on them, as Ronnie sought a life of making music outside the typical restrictions of the music industry. I gave this DVD five stars because that is the highest rating possible, but for anyone who appreciates the music and memory of Ronnie Lane there's no limit of stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on January 9, 2007
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This excellent DVD tells the fascinating story of Ronnie Lane, bassist for the Small Faces and the Faces, as well as a wonderful solo artist in his own right, from his birth to his unfortunate death related to MS.

Fans of classic rock will most likely have heard of Ronnie through his association with the first two bands--the Small Faces produced the hit, "Itchycoo Park," and the Faces were Rod Stewart's original group, becoming wildly popular in America and having a few hits (many penned and sung by Ronnie). The story charts his pivotal role in both bands as the spirit of both groups and a talented songwriter as well. Excellent montages of photos and video clips illustrate the narrative, which includes interviews with bandmates, road crews, his ex-wife, and Ronnie himself.

The story gets really interesting when Ronnie leaves the Faces to pursue his own solo career, releasing albums recorded in his mobile home recording studio that have a home-grown feel (much like The Band). Lane moved to a rural farm and had some mixed success at living an agrarian life while at the same time taking his band on a circus-like live tour called "The Passing Show," which produced some unforgettable music but also ran his finances into the ground. He also collaborated with Pete Townshend on the classic album Rough Mix in the later 70's. Finally, the DVD charts Ronnie's life from the time he first became diagnosed with MS and quit working as hard and finally moved to the USA to live a quieter life raising money and awareness about MS and playing music (when he could) until he passed away.
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