Books

The Rise of David Bowie, 1972–1973

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  • February 25, 2016
The Rise of David Bowie, 1972–1973

In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. With it landed Bowie’s Stardust alter-ego: A glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually-ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries between male and female, straight and gay, fact and fiction into one shifting and sparkling phenomenon of ’70s self-expression.

Together, Ziggy the album and Ziggy the stage spectacular propelled the softly spoken Londoner into one of the world’s biggest stars. A key passenger on this glam trip into the stratosphere was fellow Londoner and photographer Mick Rock. Rock bonded with Bowie artistically and personally, immersed himself in the singer’s inner circle, and, between 1972–1973, worked as Bowie’s official photographer.

This limited and numbered edition brings together the best of Rock’s Bowie portfolio with spectacular stage shots as well as intimate backstage portraits. Pictures for press, album jackets, and stills from promo movies sit alongside around 50 percent previously unseen images, offering unprecedented access to the many facets of Bowie’s personality and his fame. The book’s hologram cover, composed of different head-shots, rejoices in Bowie’s fearless experimentation and unpredictability.

Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and the contrived, this is a tribute bursting with the daring and energy of a unique star and his eternal inspiration.

Limited to a total of 1,972 numbered copies signed by David Bowie and Mick Rock, this book is available as Collector’s Edition (No. 201-1,972), and also in two Art Editions of 100 copies each, with a pigment print signed by Mick Rock.

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MICK ROCK “EXPOSED” PAPERBACK EDITION

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  • April 1, 2015

It’s a retrospective that tributes the weird and the
wonderful and also knocks these stars off their pedestal –
if only momentarily. He who shot them brings all their
quirks to life and there’s certainly an air of inspiration among them all.”
FBI Radio

– New small format paperback edition
– Features the definitive collection of photographs from the acclaimed rock photographer
– Personal recollections of all the best known musicians spanning Mick Rock’s 40-year career

exposedpaperbookMick Rock, the foremost rock photographer of his generation, reveals in Exposed his definitive collection of images, telling the story in his own words of his early career and the larger-than-life characters with whom he mixed. As well as being a retrospective of his work, it is a cultural journey through a time when rock ruled. It is a compendium of experiences, eyewitness accounts, and intimate detail, all culminating in candid incidental visual insights and time-tested iconic imagery that we all recognise today.

Exposed is a vivid and memorable account of Rock’s adventures behind the camera, a colourful blend of the overt and the intimate, the beautiful and the irreverent – truly exposed.

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Lou Reed and Mick Rock’s TRANSFORMER Available Now

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  • May 30, 2013
Lou Reed and Mick Rock’s TRANSFORMER Available Now

Be the first to view Lou Reed and Mick Rock’s new limited edition,TRANSFORMER, ahead of all press and public announcements. The Deluxe Copies are now available to pre-order from a hidden microsite.

Copies will ship September 2013.Please follow the link here: www.TransformerBook.com

Tamashii: Mick Rock Meets Kanzaburo

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  • March 31, 2013
Tamashii: Mick Rock Meets Kanzaburo

Softcover, 4to, illustrated, 95 numberd pages, text in English/Japanese.

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Rocky Horror

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  • March 31, 2013
Rocky Horror

“I could snap whatever caught my eye, stirred my imagination”, states Mick Rock about the time he spent with the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. As the “special photographer” on the set he was right in the middle of the action. This book contains 272 pages of the most beautiful pictures – most of them never published before – from the entire film production, featuring images from the set as well as backstage photos of the actors and the director. Mick Rock’s fabulous pictures show Tim Curry aka Frank N. Furter jumping into the swimming pool during a shooting break, Richard O’Brien being transformed into Riff Raff, and how the illustrious society celebrates the creation of “Rocky” the love monster. These and many other pictures by Mick Rock have been compiled for the first time in this magnificent tome, complemented by the photographer’s reminiscences of this time, and ennobled by Richard O’Brien’s foreword. This high quality photo book is a unique film document as well as a splendid collector’s item for everyone who is crazy about the story of mad scientist Frank N.Furter. The original play opened in 1973 on the experimental stage “Theatre Upstairs” at the Royal Court Theatre in London, and the same year it was elected “Best Musical of 1973”. In 1974, the shooting of the film began with most of the actors from the original cast, along with other great young actors such as Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. The film premiered in 1975. And now – finally, thirty years later – this large-format illustrated book with its luxurious, stylish design – perfectly fitting to the film – has been released.

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Debbie Harry and Blondie: Picture This

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  • March 31, 2013
Debbie Harry and Blondie: Picture This

Blondie were the most successful rock act to emerge from New York’s seminal and anarchic downtown punk scene of the mid-1970s. Their beautiful, multi-talented lead singer, Debbie Harry, became the most photogenic and photographed rock performer of all time. Mick Rock lived and lensed cutting-edge culture like no other in the 1970s, and their collaboration yielded iconic photos that transcended and transformed the public perception of rock’n’roll imagery. This book explores in depth, both visually and verbally, the unique natural charm and charisma of Debbie’s “punk Marilyn Monroe” persona in its prime, and her successful reinvention of that persona for Blondie’s glorious comeback of recent years. Mick Rock provides a vivid, memorable account of his larger-than-life adventures behind the camera; revealing, like no other book, just what made Debbie Harry and Blondie so distinctive.

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Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock ‘n’ Roll

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  • September 29, 2011
Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Mick Rock’s photo career began with him sneaking his camera into rock shows; it ignited when he started shooting a practically unknown David Bowie in 1972 and then went on to document the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust. Since then Mick’s become a legend himself, shooting a who’s who of rock, punk, and pop icons and capturing the images of stars right as they became part of the pop firmament. Exposed collects 200 of his best photos across nearly 40 years, including unforgettable images of Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Blondie, Queen, Iggy Pop, the Sex Pistols, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Killers, Lady Gaga, U2, and many more. Featuring a revealing introduction, narrative captions, and an illuminating foreword by playwright Tom Stoppard, Exposed is a gorgeous visual celebration for music fans.

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Psychedelic Renegades

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  • October 30, 2007
Psychedelic Renegades

When he passed permanently into the next dimension in 2006, Syd Barrett s life had developed into something far more significant than he could ever have imagined. The man who turned his back on probable fame, fortune and the entire rock music scene over thirty years ago had become an involuntary legend. Was he a genius or just a madman? The definitive answer to this question will never be known. But Psychedelic Renegades goes a long way towards unraveling the enigma that was Syd s personality. Mick Rock s extraordinary images and frank text expose a man with enormous natural charisma, whose moods could be dark and brooding as well as buoyant with madcap laughter. Mick shared a friendship with Syd that began in the acid haze of the sixties and endured until the early seventies when Syd locked himself away. This superbly produced book covers the period 1969-71, and features the photo session in and around Syd’s London flat that produced the cover for his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs; it also features images Mick shot for the now famous Rolling Stone interview in 1971, which became the last photos Syd ever posed for.

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Classic Queen

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  • October 1, 2007
Classic Queen

Quirky melodies, flamboyant style, and unforgettable vocal harmonies made Queen one of the most iconic bands of all time. This series of photographs documents the spectacularly productive artistic relationship between Mick Rock and Queen during the 1970’s. Hailed as “the man who shot the ‘70s,” Mick launched his career chronicling the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust, and moved on to photograph Lou Reed, the Sex Pistols, and Queen. Through more than 250 images from his vast archive, follow Mick from Queen’s watershed gig in London, through to the legendary free concert in Hyde Park. Fascinating anecdotes on his time with the group provide a comprehensive portrait of one of the world’s great bands at a pivotal time in their career.

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Glam! an Eyewitness Account

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  • February 15, 2006
Glam! an Eyewitness Account

With a foreword by David Bowie, here is a seminal collection of images of the glam rock era taken by legendary photographer Mick Rock. Includes outstanding photos of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, and a host of other characters that defined the movement.

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