Mick Rock talks about photographing the greats, the drug scene, and… cats?
Over at Riff Raf Richard Fulco has lined up a two part interview with Rock photographer Mick Rock. I could tell you he’s a legend in his field or I could tell you a little about him.
British born, Rock studied Literature at Cambridge before being drawn, almost accidentally, into the world of rock photography. By the end of the 80s he’d taken photos of Queen, David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Thin Lizzy, Blondie, (take a breath) Talking Heads, Joan Jett, Roxy Music, Crossfade, The Sex Pistols, and many, many more.
He became known as “The man who shot the seventies” and with good reason. Not only did he photograph these bands but he designed the album covers to Lou Reed’s Transformer, Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, and, amongst others, Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.
He directed the music videos of “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars”, and “Jean Genie”.
So, I suggest you go read part one if you have any interest in Rock music.