Produced in 1972 by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, and lead by the sleazy swagger of single “Walk on the Wild Side,” former Velvet Underground member Lou Reed was elevated to rock royalty with his 1972 album, Transformer. Opening with the glam twang of “Vicious” and featuring a blown out photograph of Reed on the sleeve taken by Mick Rock, it capsulized the excess of the era. 40 years later, Reed and Rock – known as The Man Who Shot the ‘70s – have converted the album into a lush monograph of Rock’s photography, aptly named “Transformer.”
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