Iconic album covers, unforgettable portraits and unparalleled access – this is the world of legendary photographer Mick Rock. He didn’t just document the music scene from the late Sixties onwards, he was, as he puts it ‘part of the family – and I was cheap!’
Opening with a recreation of Mick’s brush with death in New York in 1996, the film charts his rise from ordinary lad to Cambridge graduate, to becoming a self-styled ‘photographer assassin’, documenting a music scene exploding with extraordinary characters and groundbreaking experimentation. From the late Sixties to the present, Mick worked with the likes of Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, and Debbie Harry, capturing them at the height of their powers.
With a searing soundtrack featuring tracks by Lou Reed, Barrett, Bowie and The Sex Pistols, and featuring rare audio, film footage and stills from Rock’s collection, this is a dazzling, psychedelic account of a man destined to become one of the world’s greatest, and wildest, photographers.
Featuring intimate, poignant recollections of Mick’s meetings with some of the rock world’s biggest stars – including a fascinating account of the creation of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character, and how he went on to produce and direct Bowie’s first music videos – it’s an enthralling portrait of old school photographer, who comes on like a cross between Mick Jagger and Howard Marks, still going strong. SHOT! Tells you everything you need to know about the music industry but couldn’t get close enough to find out.