An announcement posted Friday on Rock’s official social media accounts mentioned: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the opposite facet.” No explanation for demise was given.
Born in London in 1948, Rock studied at Cambridge College, the place he met Syd Barrett, a founding member of Pink Floyd, who turned one in every of his first topics.
He was Bowie’s official photographer within the early Nineteen Seventies, serving to to make the singer’s alter ego, androgynous alien celebrity Ziggy Stardust, a sensation.
Rock went on to take a number of the most well-known music photographs of the period: a topless Iggy Pop on the quilt of the “Uncooked Energy” album; a spectral Lou Reed on “Transformer”; the members of Queen, their faces part-shadowed, for the quilt of “Queen II.”
“Folks say, ‘Man, how did you get all these photos? Nicely, as a result of nobody else was ,” Rock advised the Related Press in 2002. “It wasn’t like I used to be battling different photographers to get the photographs.”
Rock had coronary heart bypass surgical procedure and a kidney transplant within the Nineties after years of rock ‘n’ roll extra.
“I lived the life,” he mentioned later. “In addition to taking the photographs, I lived the life.”
He gave up cigarettes and medicines and carried on working, taking pictures of musicians together with Pharrell Williams, Girl Gaga and Miley Cyrus.
“Those that had the pleasure of present in his orbit, know that Mick was at all times a lot greater than ‘The Man Who Shot The 70s,‘” the assertion asserting his demise mentioned. “He was a photographic poet — a real power of nature who spent his days doing precisely what he beloved, at all times in his personal delightfully outrageous method.”
Sharon Osbourne tweeted: “We misplaced a legend, a real artist Mick Rock.”
Queen guitarist Brian Might mentioned he was “unhappy and shocked to listen to of the passing of our buddy, photographer Mick Rock.”
He mentioned the “Queen II” cowl image “gave us an everlasting picture, impressed a part of the ‘look’ of our Bohemian Rhapsody video a few years later, and has been extensively imitated by others through the years since then.”