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Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie. 1972–1973

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A tribute to David Bowie from the artist’s official photographer and creative partner, Mick Rock. Compiled in 2015 with Bowie’s blessing, this electrifying collection includes stage shots, backstage photographs, album images, and more, to chart the musical, theatrical, and sexual revolution of the groundbreaking 1972–73 Ziggy Stardust world tour, and to celebrate the eternal inspiration of a fearless, outstanding artist.
Hardcover8.9 x 12.4 in.4.56 lb300 pages
“Not just for music fans, but serious Bowie fetishists too.”
Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie. 1972–1973

Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie. 1972–1973


Remembering Starman

Mick Rock’s legendary photos of the late artist

A 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 brings together spectacular stage shots, iconic photo shoots, as well as intimate backstage portraits. 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.
The photographer

Mick Rock (1948–2021), was born in London and is known as “The Man who shot the seventies.” As well as David Bowie, he has photographed Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music and Blondie. He also produced and directed music videos for the classic Bowie songs: “John, I’m Only Dancing”, “The Jean Genie”, “Space Oddity” and “Life On Mars?”. Rock has had major exhibitions in London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

The authors

Barney Hoskyns was born in London in 1959. He is the editorial director of Rock’s Backpages, the online library of pop writing and journalism, and a former staff writer at the New Musical Express, contributing editor to Vogue, and U.S. correspondent for MOJO. He is the author of the Tom Waits biography Lowside of the Road (2009) and Trampled Under Foot, the oral history of Led Zeppelin (2012).

Michael Bracewell was born in London in 1958 and has written widely on modern and contemporary art and culture. His more recent publications include Richard Hamilton: Late Works, and Damien Hirst: The Complete Psalm Paintings. He has contributed to The Faber Book of Pop and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Fashion Writing.

Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie. 1972–1973
Hardcover22.6 x 31.6 cm2.07 kg300 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8324-4

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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7 Ratings

A lovely book (for completionists)

Howard,October 27, 2021
I'm a big fan of David Bowie, so I thought this was a lovely book. However, for such a large book dedicated to a single year of his career, I found it somewhat repetitive. If you're someone who wants to own every single image, this is an excellent book to own. But for others, this may not be a must-have.


Roberta,October 27, 2021
Foto meravigliose. Forse il periodo che preferisco di Bowie. Una vera opera d'arte. Un grande Bowie e un grande Mick.

An Absolute Must for Bowie Fans

Andrew,October 27, 2021
Taschen has got to be the most thorough and thoughtful publishing house around. Every book, regardless of subject, is so gorgeously curated it dazzles. I’m a fan for life. I gave this book to my husband and it brought him to tears. This is not the first time a Taschen book has evoked such a response in my home, and I doubt it’ll be the last. Perfection!

Para fanáticos

Enoc,November 22, 2021
Si eres fan de Bowie es un "must'

The early Years of Black Star

Wilhelm,November 22, 2021
Ich bin aufgewachsen mit Ziggy Stardust. Er war mein erster Rock'n Roll Hero, mein erster Stern am musikalischen Himmel. Nirgendwo sonst, als in diesem grandiosen Buch, einem Denkmal für diesen einzigartigen Künstler, findet man eine derart geniale Dokumentation der ersten Glam-Rock-Ära von David Bowie, dem BLACK STAR!


Thomas,November 2, 2021
Immer wieder spannend, seine Wandlungsfähigkeit zu sehen....