"Dennis Hopper? More like Sir Laurence Olivier!" ...was the response I got from the flamboyant Mr Michael Rock when I informed him that a popular UK music weekly had labelled him the "Dennis Hopper of rock photography". I met living image-grabber Rock, (real name Rock) in London earlier this year, while he was over to promote his Raw Power book, that excellent record of Iggy and the Stooges at their animalistic peak. Well, Mick has some more product available for public consumption: 'Legends of Rock...The Legendary Photographs of Mick Rock' which comes in the shape of a 2001 calendar.
The calendar features a different Mick Rock session for each of its months, with more than a few breathtaking pictures to satisfy your Bowie-hungry niece this Christmas. Every month has a few words from Mick regarding each session. David is the featured artist for January, and Mick had this to say about the day before that fateful announcement on July 3rd 1973:
"DAVID BOWIE - SUMMER OF 1973 - This photo was taken at Hammersmith Odeon. The night before, a wide-eyed Bowie pulled me aside. "This is it, it's over. Tomorrow's the last show. Don't tell anyone." I didn't believe him, but he announced it during the encore. It was indeed 'La Fin de Ziggy'."
Go here to order a copy of the calendar online and click on the picture above to see what other months are related to David...and to see who else gets the 'preserved for posterity' treatment from Sir Larry...and (pant, pant) for your chance to win one of these beauties for yourself.
Total Blam Blam - (European Correspondent)