“Transformer” is a new, limited edition collection of photographs, some never-before-seen, that chart the transformations of poet and performer Lou Reed from 1972-1980. The book presents the man behind the cover photographs of “Transformer”, “Sally Can’t Dance”, “Coney Island Baby”, “Rock and Roll Heart”, and “Growing Up in Public”. Photographer Mick Rock captured Lou Reed in the studio; performing onstage; in his hotel room; and with friends including David Bowie, Nico, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, and Andy Warhol. The book is published by Genesis Publications, a company that, according to The New York Times, “are creators of lushly designed rock photo books.” Founded in England by the late Brian Royce in 1974, Genesis is inspired by William Morris, the 19th century English textile designer, artist and writer, under whose influence the private press in Britain flourished, creating books that were works of art in themselves.
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. 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.
The stars seemed to effortlessly align for Mick when he was behind the camera; feeding off of the unique charisma of his subjects electrified and energized him. His intent always intense. His focus always total. A man fascinated with image, he absorbed visual beings through his lens and immersed himself in their art, thus creating some of the most magnificent photographs rock music has ever seen. To know Mick was to love him. He was a mythical creature; the likes of which we shall never experience again.
Let us not mourn the loss, but instead, celebrate the fabulous life and extraordinary career of Michael David Rock. While you do so in your own way, we must ask that the privacy of his nearest and dearest be respected at this time. Therefore, there will be no further comments.
Photo: Nathalie Rock