“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.
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