The story of Mick Ronson and the Spiders from Mars.
Our city has always been home to rule breakers, game changers and history makers, with Hull-born rock legend Mick Ronson among the most famous of the lot.
But just how well do you know his story? In a project led by Hull writers and theatre makers, Garry Burnett and Rupert Creed, we dig a little deeper to uncover the untold tale of how a working-class boy from Greatfield Estate challenged social norms to champion a new music and social culture.
Hear the real stories from family, fellow musicians and fans of how Mick Ronson became a rock legend, in this multimedia extravaganza comprising storytelling, archive footage, live music, personal photographs and memorabilia.
Rupert Creed, co-writer of Turn and Face the Strange said, “Mick Ronson was a ground-breaking guitarist, composer and album producer who shot to stardom in the 1970s with David Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars alongside Hull-based musicians Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey. But the story of his upbringing on Greatfield Estate and his early career in Hull bands such as The Rats is less well known. This is a great opportunity for friends, fans and fellow-musicians to help us tell the real story of his Hull roots, how he came to play a pivotal role in the rise of glam-rock, and how his skill as musician took him to international rock-star status.”
Turn and Face the Strange is a chance to share your memories of Mick Ronson and the role he played in your life. Whether your connection is the music, 70s fashion and social culture, or an interest in Hull’s own history, there’s a story you can tell.
Do you have a story to tell, or photograph to share of Mick Ronson? Were you a friend, a fan or a fellow musician? Were you at a gig he played at? Do you have any memorabilia you’d be willing to share? If so we’d like to hear from you. You can join us at a story sharing session or arrange for us record your memories at a time and place that’s convenient for you. Find out more and get involved by contacting the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
Turn and Face the Strange will premiere in August at Freedom Centre Hull, featuring a live band, audio stories, photographs and archive film.
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