The artist made the covers of some of the best albums during the 1970s and his work continued during the following decades.
Mick Rock died on the night of this Thursday, November 18 at the age of 73, this was announced by the photographer’s official Facebook page. Mick is recognized for being one of the most influential photographers in rock history. During the 1970s he worked for such artists as David Bowie, Queen, Ramones, and Iggy Pop. The causes of death are currently unknown.
Rock began his relationship with rock in the late sixties when he met Syd Barrett, the first guitarist, and leader of Pink Floyd. He ran into David Bowie. It was one of his photos of the White Duke that made him boost his career, in which the musician appears biting Mark Ronson’s guitar on stage.
The photographer left Bowie in 1973 to work with the likes of Queen, Iggy Pop, Blondie, and The Ramones. He was responsible for the iconic Queen II album cover where the band members are portrayed with half their faces lit up.
His work can be seen in the covers: The Madcap Laugh, by Syd Barrett; Transformer, by Lou Leed; Raw Power by Iggy Pop and the Stooges; Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack; End of the Century, by Ramones or I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, by Joan Jetts , among others.
In his later years, he collaborated with The Killers, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, MGMT, The Chemical Brothers, and Snoop Dog. In 2019, Netflix released a documentary about Mick Rock’s legacy titled: “SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock”.
His relatives fire him
The news of the death of the photographer spread through his Facebook account, which shocked the world of rock that immediately honored this essential figure in the future of the image within this genre.
It is with the greatest pain that we share with you that our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has completed his Jungian journey to the other side. Everyone who has had the pleasure of existing in its orbit knows that Mick was always much more than ‘the man who photographed the 70’. He was a photographic poet “, was the message from relatives.