Tuesday, 18 January 2011


To celebrate the legendary Mick Rock’s recent bookMick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock 'n' Roll the Idea Generation gallery, Shoreditch, welcomed him with open arms, exhibiting some of the renowned music photographer's best work.

Stepping into the tiny entrance to the gallery was like stepping out of the wardrobe in Narnia (cheesy, we know, but it's true!) The white washed walls and simplistic layout of the gallery was offset by the colourful, explosive collection of Rock's work, featuring an extensive mixture of rock 'n' roll royalty - from huge David Bowie wall hangings to images of Andy Warhol and Lou Reed chilling out on a sofa. 

“Andy Warhol once said to me, years ago, that I was to be in music, what he was to the visual arts. You can’t define it. But its all happening the way he said it would. The man’s amazing” Lou Reed - 1974

There also included a short film piece of Rock talking about his recent book, telling us about how he photographed the striking Debbie Harry in the 80's, urging her to almost impersonate Marilyn Monroe. 

'Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock 'n' Roll' is and inspiring and uplifting exhibition that really shouldn't be missed, and for all you hardcore Mick Rock fans out there, the gallery is also staging an evening with the legend himself on the 19th of January! It's perfect way to mark the end of the coolest exhibition you'll ever see! 

Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock 'n' Roll is available on Amazon for £12.49, or can be purchased at the gallery.

words: Amy Edgar

images via dazeddigital.com