Mick Rock, who photographed music legends, dies

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Mick Rock took the photo that appeared on Queen’s 3rd album, 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack

Mick Rock, the British photographer whose memorable images captured music legends such as David Bowie, Lou Reed and Queen gave him the nickname “The Man Who Shot the Seventies”, has passed away. His death, at 72, was announced Thursday evening (November 18, 2021) on his Facebook page, who noted: “He was a photographic poet – a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his delightfully outrageous way.” Neither the cause nor the place of death has been revealed, although he is known to have resided in New York for decades.

The full announcement of Rock’s death, via his Twitter account:

Michael David Rock was born in London in 1948. His iconic images have featured on over 100 album covers, including Queen’s Pure heart attack, Iggy and the Stooges’ Brute force, Lou Reed Transformer, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ I love rock n roll. He was the chief photographer on the film set of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

But it was with David Bowie with whom Rock had perhaps his most significant relationship, as official photographer in 1972 and 1973.

“People say, ‘What’s your style, Mick? “, He told an interviewer in 2017,” and I say, ‘I don’t really know. I’m out of the rock and roll business, not the photography business ”. He has written over a dozen books of his pictures.

Some recent tweets from Rock’s Twitter account show the extent of his work.

Rock once said, “I always knew this was the life I had to live.”

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