In 1972 Iggy Pop & The Stooges flew into London to record a new LP Raw Power. With David Bowie as executive producer, Raw Power proved to be an instant classic. During this time The Stooges, perpetually wasted, performed a single concert in London’s Kings Cross. This whole crazed period of Iggy’s phenomenal career was captured on camera by one man – Mick Rock.
Mick’s career continued to soar with key 1970s images like Lou Reed’s Transformer, Iggy Pop’s Raw Power, Queen’s Queen II and many of the Sex Pistols’ infamous shots. In 1977, he moved permanently to New York, where he quickly became involved with the underground music scene pioneered by The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie. His pictures, including The Ramones’ End of the Century, captured the revolutionary spirit of this groundbreaking period and made him the one of the most sought-after photographers in the world.
These photographs stand out because of the seeming ease with which they capture the live-fast-die-young spirit of the band and its music. A uniquely intimate yet distanced insight into one of history’s most important group of musical misfits.
(Photos © Mick Rock)