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Photographer Mick Rock, who worked with David Bowie, Queen, and many other famous musicians since the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 72, as announced by his family. No cause of death has been released yet.
Mick Rock, born Michael Edward Chester Smith in Hammersmith, London in 1948, developed his passion for photography while studying at Cambridge. With a camera he borrowed from a friend, he began capturing the thriving and swinging music scene of England thus discovering his destiny as a rock photographer.
Mick Rock was known as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies.” Along with Queen and David Bowie, he photographed Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and Thin Lizzy just to a name a few. One of Rock’s greatest claims to fame are the shots he took of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust (most of these famous photos were taken by Rock). Rock also created numerous album covers from Lou Reed’s Transformer and Coney Island Baby to Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n Roll and even a couple of Queen records including Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack.
In more recent years, his subjects extended outside of the rock genre as he also shot Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and a slew of more celebrities.
KLOS sends all of our love and support to Mick Rock’s family. He will be so missed and live on through all of his monumental photographs that truly exposed the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.
Learn about Mick Rock’s highlights in this interview video here: