REVIEW – Mick Rock @ The Idea Generation Gallery

Posted on November 11, 2010


Last night saw the launch of Mick Rock’s biggest UK exposition to date named “Rock : Music“.

The legendary music photographer’s shots are being displayed from today until the 16th January at the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch.  Sponsored by Pelime Member Hector Proud’s Idea Generation Gallery and Raj Prem Fine Art Photography in association with Zippo and NME.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Mick Rock’s new book entitled “Exposed: The Faces of Rock n´Roll“ (Palazzo Editions, 2010) which includes previously unseen and unpublished images, as well as rare and unexpected portraits.

The launch was extremely busy and saw the legendary photographer walking around dozens of his most famous images from both the 70’s and more recent.

For the event, IG also took over neighbouring Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery for a further selection of images displayed for one week only and the Owl and Pussycat pub for an after party.

The Neu Gallery is also going to be used as Zippo Reharsal Rooms in order to showcase emerging bands for one week from the 12th November to raise their profile by reharsing for free while documented by camera.

This retrospective exhibition is a journey through an exeptional career as well as musical history. The outstanding photographer, also known as `The man who shot the 70`s` spent almost four decades capturing the most fascinating and exciting characters of rock music, as David Bowie, Syd Barret, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and many more.

Among the images, there are also shots immortalising a handful of artist’s `behind the scenes` moments. An example being of Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Jeff Buck being stopped by Police, who had been called by neighbours while they were in full swing having a impromptu house party on the Portobello Road.

“London in the late sixties and early seventies was a hotbed of creative interchange. The prevalent hippie philosophy united all manner of artists, musicians, film makers, models, designers, actors, writers, and photographers into a unique and fertile community. My timing was excellent. Curiosity and circumstance drew me into the flame of rock n’ roll.” – Mick Rock


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