In a recent issue of Brit music mag NME, a 15-year-old music fan wrote in to the letters column earnestly lamenting that in her not-so-humble opinion, compared with the likes of Bowie, Bolan and Robert Smith, the current crop of bands all look like utter shite. Perhaps no one would be better placed to adjudicate such an epic philosophical conundrum than the man who has viewed just about every major rock and pop star through his legendary lens. Indeed, Mick Rock became an icon himself by photographing rock & roll’s most mad, bad, dangerous and glamorous gods and goddesses in the 1970s, elevating what was merely a profession to a genuine art form. He remains to this day the music’s most in-demand snapper.
“It’s just a different world now,” he observes. “The demystification of rock stars happens very quickly these days. And everything’s been done, so it’s hard to be a cultural revolutionary, or to make an original statement with the way you dress.”
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