Photographer Mick Rock has snapped rock stars from Mick Jagger to David Bowie. He’s set to release a book, ‘Exposed: The Faces of Rock n’ Roll’, and his work is being showcased at Idea Generation gallery (in association with Zippo), from 11 Nov-16 Jan. Click through this gallery to see some his best photos and to learn more about the man behind them.
Rock snapped this photo of Bono and Lady Gaga in 2009. An enthusiastic hedonist, Rock revealed to NME that he nearly died 14 years ago. “For over 20 years I’d been on a rampant run… You know, I could always take pictures, but the rest of my life was just chaotic. I mean, there are many ways of getting high and none of them involve chemicals, but it took me a few years to figure that one out.”
This shot of Debbie Harry was taken by Rock in 1978. He says of the starlet: “She was like a gift, it was like God had sent her down. I took the best pictures of her, mostly Marilyn Monroe-esque pictures, the ones which defined her as the Marilyn of rock’n’roll. You can name anyone else that has come down the rock path and they’re nothing compared to Debbie Harry.”
Rock says that 18 months ago, Iggy Pop revealed that three months after the release of ‘Raw Power’, it was in the 50p bin. “It was a dead loss at the time,” says Rock. “Nowadays of course it’s regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, and so is the cover. Iggy’s energy is in his live performance. He’s like no-one else.”
You can see more photographs like this 2005 shot of Dave Grohl at the Idea Generation gallery exhibit (in association with Zippo), from 11 Nov-16 Jan.
This photograph of The Prodigy was taken during a photo session for the cover of Big Shot magazine. Click here to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.
This photograph of Johnny Marr was taken by Mick Rock in 2003. If you want to learn more about the man behind the photos, you can purchase his book, Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Rock says that when he first met David Bowie in 1972, there were 400 people at his concert at Birmingham Town Hall. “Someone had given me a promo copy of ‘Hunky Dory’ and I was bowled over,” says Rock. “I played ‘Life on Mars’ over and over. Of course, I made videos of David at that time including the one for ‘Life on Mars’. I had time on my hands and we kinda rolled with it as it were.”