Friday, November 19, 2021

Mick Rock, Legendary Photographer of Blondie, Bowie, Queen and Lou Reed, Dies at 72


Bummed to hear about the passing of music photographer Mick Rock, whose pictures of Debbie Harry adorned the walls of my bedroom as a teen. (You could spot one of his because they were so bright and colorful they almost looked like cartoons.)

His death was announced via his official Twitter account on Thursday night. 
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side,” the statement reads. “Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ‘The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet -- a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.” 

He was 72, and no cause of death was immediately disclosed.

Variety reports that Michael David Rock was born in Hammersmith, England, and got his start in photography while attending college at Cambridge, where he began to document local concerts. Rock met Bowie in 1972, and worked as his official photographer for a time, shooting some of the most iconic photos of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust. He produced and directed the music videos for Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” “Jean Genie” and “John, I’m Only Dancing.” Rock’s work can also be seen on some of the most memorable album covers in rock, including Reed’s “Transformer” and “Coney Island Baby,” Iggy Pop and the Stooges’ “Raw Power,” Queen’s “Queen II,” the Ramones’ “End of the Century” and Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.”


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