Mick Rock, the legendary music photographer who is responsible for some of the most iconic photos of David Bowie, Queen and the Sex Pistols, has passed away at the age of 72.
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Mick Rock, a legendary music photographer for artists such as David Bowie, Queen, Lou Reed, the Brutes, the Sex Pistols and more, has died at the age of 72.
His passing was announced on his official Twitter account on Thursday night, in a statement that read: “It is with the heaviest hearts that we share that our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side.
“Those who have had the pleasure of being in their orbit know that Mick has always been much more than ‘The Man Who Shot The 70’s.’
“He was a photographic poet – a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully scandalous way.”
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Cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Mick was born Born Michael David Rock in Hammersmith, London, in 1948. He began on his photographic path while attending college in Cambridge.
Jen went to local concerts and began documenting what happened but his life changed in 1972 when he met David Bowie.
Mick quickly became his official photographer and is responsible for taking some of Bowie’s most iconic shots as Ziggy Stardust.
He also turned his hand to music videos, directing and producing the videos that accompanied the hits of Bowie, Space Oddity, Jean Genie and John, I’m Only Dancing.
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Mick was also responsible for some of the most memorable record covers of the 70s.
His work included Lou Reed’s “Transformer” and “Coney Island Baby”, Iggy Pop and the Stooges’ “Raw Power”, Queen’s Queen II, the Ramones’ End of the Century and Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n. Roll.
Over the years, Mick has also snapped a number of bands including Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, the Assassins, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Queens of the Stone Age and Daft Punk.
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