Girare tra le “pagine” del suo profilo Instagram era un piacere. Immagini iconiche di un’epoca che lui aveva contribuito a creare e scatti privati abbracciato a qualche grande amico “famoso”. Ci ha lasciato Michael David Rock all’età di 72 anni. Il fotografo del rock scriveranno i nostri media, “The Man Who Shot the Seventies” oppure il fotografo ufficiale di David Bowie nell’era più scintillante, quella glam, quella di Ziggy Stardust. Centinaia di copertine mitiche, senza tempo, come quella di ‘The Madcap Laughs’ dell’amico Syd Barrett o ‘Transformer’ e ‘Coney Island Baby’ di Lou Reed, ma anche Stooges, Queen, Joan Jett, Ramones, The Misfits, Dead Boys, Cat Stevens, The Chemical Brothers e la lista sarebbe infinita. Fotografo di scena anche per alcuni film tra i quali “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, si è divertito a produrre e dirigere video, realizzare libri, ed è stato celebrato con il docufilm “Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock”. Di seguito il comunicato della famiglia.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side. Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ’The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet — a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way. The stars seemed to effortlessly align for Mick when he was behind the camera; feeding off of the unique charisma of his subjects electrified and energized him. His intent always intense. His focus always total. A man fascinated with image, he absorbed visual beings through his lens and immersed himself in their art, thus creating some of the most magnificent photographs rock music has ever seen. To know Mick was to love him. He was a mythical creature; the likes of which we shall never experience again. Let us not mourn the loss, but instead celebrate the fabulous life and extraordinary career of Michael David Rock. While you do so in your own way, we must ask that the privacy of his nearest and dearest be respected at this time. Therefore, there will be no further comments.