Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, the documentary on legendary rock photographer Mick Rock — who’s known for iconic shots of Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen and many more — had its premiere last night (4/22) during the Tribeca Film Festival. There was an afterparty at the Dream Downtown hotel in downtown Manhattan (set between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea) which had live performances, including the first Yeah Yeah Yeahs show since they went on “a bit of a hiatus.” (Their last hometown show was at Barclays Center in 2013.) They played some YYYs stuff of course, and also worked Bowie and VU covers into their set for the occasion.
Other performers included Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz, TV on the Radio, Marky Ramone, Sky Ferreira and Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark. Mick Rock himself was in attendance, as was Debbie Harry, NYC nightlife staple Nur Khan (who presented the afterparty) and many more. Click here for pics and clips from the show: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/yeah-yeah-yeahs-played-their-first-show-in-years-at-the-mick-rock-doc-afterparty-pics-videos/
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