The print curation breathing new life into the most exclusive images in music history

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what are a thousand pictures? If they depict decades of music history through rock-and-roll superstars—like the new monographic SHOT! by Rock—then they must be something else entirely. This deluxe curation may be the closest we get to answering this question, a treasure chest of saturated images hand-selected by famed photographer Mick Rock. Capturing an era through the biggest names in music, the late visual historian did more than just immortalize the faces of music’s greats—he befriended them.

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Known as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies,” Rock rose through the ranks of London’s burgeoning rock scene packing his portfolio with the likes of Bowie and Queen—but his work transcends beyond just a decade. Continuing to flex his unmatched flair for spotting icons in the making, Rock captured modern-day muses Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, and more—solidifying his place as a forever fixture in music and pop culture. With a lifetime of memories of his subjects’ behind-the-scenes antics, his book includes never-before-seen photos and stories of the world’s greatest musical legends. So, when pictures are words, what is SHOT! by Rock, if not its own language?

SHOT! By Rock: The Photography of Mick Rock is available November 22, 2022 via Insight Editions.

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