The Ronnie Lane Page: Sources
In a recent interview, [Ronnie] Lane asked this author if he had ever taken acid. On being told no, Lane replied, "Well you should take some, man, especially if you're going to write my book!" -- Paolo Hewitt, The Small Faces
There might be a point to the contention in those mad-scientist movies that there are some things we were not meant to know. But what had happened to Ronnie Lane? I'd heard nothing of him for years. So I ran searches through various engines. The Web lacks discernment unless you're very specific: I found several Ronnie Lanes, including real estate salesmen (in Missouri and New York State), a Director of Corrections in Georgia, the music director of a radio station in Florida, and a rodeo horse. The most promising candidate was front man for a blues outfit called the Texas Twisters that occasionally performs in San Diego, but I had no idea if the Ronnie Lane I was after was still performing. Then I struck gold in two places: Martin Payne's highly recommended Room For Ravers, a site dedicated to the Small Faces, Ronnie Lane's first major band, and which now contains several of the published obituaries and tributes which appeared following Ronnie Lane's death, and The Austin Chronicle, a newspaper in the Texas city where Ronnie Lane lived from the mid-1980's till around 1995, and which his former bandmate Ian McLagan now calls home. And I did some off-Web research and have since found rich mines of gold, often deeply buried but no less precious: Ronnie Lane has a widespread and fiercely loyal following of great diversity. The principal sources which went into the original design of the page are listed below.
- Wayne Pernu. "It's all too beautiful." MOJO, September 1997: Well-written and comprehensively researched, sympathetic retrospective article with wonderful archival photographs and insights into Ronnie Lane's married life and career beyond the Small Faces and Faces.
- Kent Benjamin/Ken Sharp/John Hellier. "For Nice is the Music, Forever and Ever, Amen: The Story of the Small Faces in their Own Words." Goldmine #415, 21 June 1996.
- Uli Twelker and Roland Schmitt. Happy Boys Happy: A Rock History of the Small Faces and Humble Pie. Sanctuary Publishing Ltd., 1997. Thanks to Roland Schmitt, Martin Payne and Eddy Leviten of Sanctuary: this history contains loving descriptions of Ronnie Lane's solo work, comprehensive discographies, and photographs.
- Paolo Hewitt. The Small Faces: The Young Mods' Forgotten Story. Acid Jazz Books, 1995. Here's a fan's guide to Mod pop culture; lots of publicity photos, candids and pages ripped from teenybopper 'zines and the more "serious" music press of the day.
- Dave Marsh. "Rock & Roll from the soul." Rolling Stone. 6 October 1977. 81-2. (review: Rough Mix)
- Kurt Loder. "Ronnie Lane's lonely battle." Rolling Stone. 5 August 1982. (interview)
- David Fricke. "Ronnie Lane gets a little help from his friends." Rolling Stone. 27 October 1983. (ARMS concert)
- News articles by David Fricke. Rolling Stone. 22 May and 17-31 July 1986. (ARMS litigation)
- Jon Pareles. "Older, Wiser, Ronnie Lane Fights Back." New York Times. 17 April 1987. (interview)
- Charles Bermant. "Ronnie Lane determined disease won't beat him." Globe and Mail. 27 July 1987. (interview)
- People Weekly. 20 November 1989. (interview)
- Tim Ewbank/Stafford Hildred. Rod Stewart. Headline Book Publishing, 1994.
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