Picture This: Mick Rock: Rock Music exhibition

That man who shot the ’70s

Yesterday I finally made it to the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch for the Mick Rock exhibition- and I am so glad I did. It was one of the best photography exhibitions I have been to for a long time. Perhaps it was because Mick Rock is the renowned king of music photography or perhaps it was because the likes of Debbie Harry and David Bowie were plastered all over the gallery, which I can ensure you made me squeal like a six-year-old girl on her birthday.

Sadly the exhibition has now closed- I cut it just a little bit fine by going two days before it ended, but do not despair, there is a book: Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

For an exhibition that was about to come to it’s end, it was surprisingly busy. The walls were white wash, but the colourful photos seemed to just jump out of the walls at you. A selection of at least 70 of Mick’s finest work. As a avid Blondie and Bowie fan I have to say that their photos were amongst my favourites. I especially liked those of the glorious Debbie Harry taken in ’78. A surprise favourite, however, was the image of Mötley Crüe in a bath promoting The Dirt.

Here are just a few of my favourite photographs:

Lou Reed and Andy Warhol

Debbie Harry- somewhat channelling Marilyn Monroe I feel

Madonna….and me

The Unholy Trinity

Dr Frank-N-Furter

The Dirt- Mötley Crüe

I might also suggest this book: Picture This: The Many Faces Of Blondie

It features a foreword by Debbie Harry.

For more info:



Mick Rock: Rock Music press release


One thought on “Picture This: Mick Rock: Rock Music exhibition

  1. Awesome post. I really wanted to see this exhibition. Do you have any other photos? If I would be gratefully appreciative if you could please send them to the email given with this comment? Thanks!

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