Sex. Drugs. Rock and Roll. That’s the best way to describe the iconic photographs of Mick Rock. From Debbie Harry to Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley and Madonna; Mick Rock has captured the youth, energy and raw glamour of some of the world’s most famous musicians at the start, height and end of their careers. Tuesday night, a selected few got a chance to live vicariously through the eyes of Mick Rock at the Templar Hotel in downtown Toronto. Over 30 portraits of iconic musicians, including the often imitated cover shot of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, were showcased throughout the hotel with Mick on hand to share legendary stories with captivated fans.
In his new book, Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock and Roll, we now have, more than ever, an intimate look into the extraordinary lives of performers that have made such an impact not only in music but on our culture in general.
One of Mick Rock’s most photographed celebrities is the one and only David Bowie, who is now being honoured with an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
"I knew he would become something the first time I shot him." said Mick Rock about one of Bowie’s first shows that had no more than 400 people in the crowd. "I’m glad he kept as many photographs as he did."
And so are we.
Throughout the AGO exhibit, Bowie fans are guided through a journey of David Jones’ (Bowie’s birth name) life from suburban teenager to intergalactic rock star. With the aid of Sennheiser powered headsets playing an evolution of Bowie songs as well as first-hand accounts from the artist himself, the exhibit is an experience rich in visual, spatial and auditory content. Not to be missed, David Bowie at the AGO is on until November 27th. We also recommend checking out the portraits of Mick Rock at the Templar Hotel on until November 26th.