Sunday, August 8, 2010
Mark & Samantha Ronson
MARK-Ronson was born into a wealthy family at the Wellington Hospital, St John's Wood, north London, England, the son of writer and socialite Ann Dexter-Jones and one-time band manager and real estate entrepreneur Laurence Ronson. His parents are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, with ancestors from Austria, Russia, and Lithuania, and Ronson was brought up in Conservative Judaism.Ronson is related to British Conservative politicians Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Leon Brittan,as well as Odeon cinema founder Oscar Deutsch.He has younger twin sisters, Charlotte Ronson, a fashion designer, and Samantha Ronson a singer and DJ. After his parents broke up, his mother married Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, which contributed to a childhood surrounded by music.Ronson has been "best friends" with Sean Lennon, son of the late John Lennon, since the age of thirteen.
SAMANTHA-Ronson spun live for MTV's New Year's Eve 2001 show from the network's studios in Times Square.In 2002, it was announced Duncan Sheik would be co-producing an album for Ronson that would be out in the spring. In 2004, she opened for JC Chasez on his Schizophrenic tour.
Ronson became the first rock act signed to Roc-A-Fella Records.She released four songs under the label "Super" with very little public interest: "Pull My Hair Out", "Fool", "If It's Gonna Rain" and "Built This Way," and wrote and recorded her first album, Red. "Built This Way" was featured in the movie Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams.Although Red was never officially released, downloads were made available from her MySpace page. Ronson has also made a number of appearances on mix tapes produced by artists on the Roc-A-Fella label. In a January 2008 interview with MTV News, it was revealed Ronson had parted ways with her label and is currently focusing on DJing.Ronson was co-owner of the New York City nightclub The Plumm, along with actor Chris Noth & Noel Ashman among others.