Thursday night dilemma – either the opening night of the Hasselblad Masters at theprintspace or the opening night of the new Mick Rock exhibition. Or, if you’re fleet of foot, maybe you can squeeze both in.

The Mick Rock exhibition – ‘Rock Music’ in association with Zippo – opens tonight, 11th November 2010, and runs until 16th January 2011. Idea Generation Gallery and Raj Prem Fine Art Photography, in association with Zippo, present a retrospective of the legendary photographer’s work, documenting the most outrageous moments, people and legends in music history. Idea Generation Gallery on 11 Chance Street, London E2 7JB.

Left: Queen, London 1974. Right: Madonna, New York 1980

Celebrated as ‘The Man Who Shot the 70s’, Mick Rock’s images define rock n’ roll. Rock launched his career in 1972 with his portrait of an unknown David Bowie and spent the next four decades capturing the most fascinating and exciting characters in rock music. Coinciding with the publication of Rock’s new book Exposed: the Faces of Rock n’ Roll (available to purchase in the gallery and the Focus Hub Shop), Rock Music includes many previously unseen and unpublished images, as well as rare and unexpected portraits from some of Mick’s classic shoots.

“London in the late sixties and early seventies was a hotbed of creative interchange. The prevalent hippie philosophy united all manner of artists, musicians, film makers, models, designers, actors, writers, and photographers into a unique and fertile community. My timing was excellent. Curiosity and circumstance drew me into the flame of rock n’ roll.”
Mick Rock

A journey through an exceptional career as well as musical history, this exhibition includes shots of the full A to Z of rock n’ roll royalty – from Lou Reed, Syd Barrett and Iggy Pop to Lady Gaga, Madonna and Debbie Harry; from Queen, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel to Andy Warhol, Kate Moss and The Killers.
All prints are available to purchase from the gallery reception and via online shop Culture Label.

Or buy the book here…