Mick Rock is a self-proclaimed “alternative junkie.”
Indeed, the British photographer—famous for rawly capturing rockstars from David Bowie to The Sex Pistols to, more recently, The Strokes—has a unique perspective on wellness: He first became aware of the link between food and health in the late 1960s, around the time he also discovered LSD and first picked up a camera. Since then, even during hard partying times, he has maintained a steady practice of meditation and yoga and an openness that’s kept him feeling balanced and free.
Here, Rock explains how his ten-minute morning headstand helps him see the world in clearer focus:
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