Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973

Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973

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"Such a privilege to have known and worked with him. A remarkable man and artist. I loved him."

- Mick Rock, 2016A unique tribute from David Bowie's official photographer and creative partner, Mick Rock, compiled in 2015, with Bowie's blessing.

In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. With it landed Bowie's Stardust alter ego: a glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries between male and female, straight and gay, fact and fiction into one shifting and sparkling phenomenon of '70s self-expression. Together, Ziggy the album and Ziggy the stage spectacular propelled the softly spoken Londoner into one of the world's biggest stars.

A key passenger on this glam trip into the stratosphere was fellow Londoner and photographer Mick Rock. Rock bonded with Bowie artistically and personally, immersed himself in the singer's inner circle, and, between 1972 and 1973, worked as the singer's photographer and videographer.

This collection, featuring around 50 percent previously unpublished images, brings together spectacular stage shots, iconic photo shoots, as well as intimate backstage portraits. With a lenticular cover of different headshots, it celebrates Bowie's fearless experimentation and reinvention, while offering privileged access to the many facets of his personality and fame. Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and the contrived, the result is a passionate tribute to a brilliant and inspirational artist whose creative vision will never be forgotten.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 268 x 374 x 31.75mm | 2,937g
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English, French, German
  • m. zahlr. Fotos
  • 3836560941
  • 9783836560948
  • 54,465

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"Eine Hommage an den verstorbenen Ausnahmekünstler. Unter Bowies eigener Mitwirkung entstand ein bewegendes Zeugnis der Ziggy-Stardust-Jahre... Eine spannende Dokumentation!"
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"...a touching tribute to Bowie's early star power." "Ziggy Stardust as you've never seen him before... a coffee-table-wonder." "The bond between photographer and subject is clear to see. It's rare that we get a glimpse behind the scenes, particularly with an artist so in control of his image. But here we find a thorough portrait of an individual in all his guises. This is a truly indispensable book, not just for Bowie fans but also for people interested in rock history." "For Bowie fans, it's a must." "Rock's pictures don't simply depict a singer seizing the moment, but document an artist creating it."
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About Taschen

Mick Rock, geboren 1948 in London, wurde als "der Mann, der die 70er ablichtete" bekannt. Außer David Bowie hat er auch Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music und Blondie porträtiert. Er produzierte zudem die Videos für Bowies Songs "John, I'm Only Dancing", "The Jean Genie", "Space Oddity" und "Life on Mars?". Wichtige Ausstellungen seiner Werke fanden in London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, San Francisco und Las Vegas statt.

Barney Hoskyns kam 1959 in London zur Welt. Er ist der leitende Redakteur von Mick Rocks "Backpages", der einzigen Bibliothek der Popliteratur und des Popjournalismus. Er ist außerdem ehemaliger Redakteur des New Musical Express, hat für die Vogue geschrieben und für MOJO als U.S.-Korrespondent gearbeitet. Seine Biografie über Tom Waits, Lowside of the Road, ist 2009 erschienen, sein Buch über Led Zeppelin, Trampled Under Foot, im Jahr 2012.

Michael Bracewell ist ein britischer Schriftsteller und Kulturhistoriker. Er schreibt über moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, seine jüngsten Veröffentlichungen sind Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters (Serpentine Gallery, London, 2010), Bridget Riley Paintings and Related Work (National Gallery, London, 2010), Damien Hirst: Beauiful Inside My Head (Sotheby's London, 2008) und The Postcard Art of Gilbert and George 1979 - 2010 (Prestel, 2011)
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