This book takes readers to the heart of Bowie’s inner circle and boundary-breaking superstardom during the groundbreaking Ziggy Stardust world tour. Showcasing the work of Mick Rock, Bowie’s official photographer between 1972–1973, spectacular stage shots and intimate inner circle portraits celebrate Bowie’s musical, theatrical, and sexual revolution and the eternal inspiration of a fearless, outstanding artist.
Art Edition (No. 101–200), signed by David Bowie and Mick Rock, with the print Scotland, May 1973 signed by Mick Rock
This limited Art Edition brings together the best of Mick Rock’s David Bowie portfolio with spectacular stage shots as well as intimate backstage portraits. Pictures for press, album jackets, and stills from promo movies sit alongside around 50 percent previously unseen images, offering unprecedented access to the many facets of Bowie’s personality and his fame. The book’s hologram cover, composed of different head-shots, rejoices in Bowie’s fearless experimentation and unpredictability. Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and the contrived, this is a tribute bursting with the daring and energy of a unique star and his eternal inspiration.
Art Edition (No. 101–200), signed by David Bowie and Mick Rock, with the print Scotland, May 1973 signed by Mick Rock.
Also available as a second Art Edition (No. 1–100) with an alternative signed print by Mick Rock and as a signed Collector's Edition (No. 201–1,972).
Mick Rockwas born in London in 1948 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.
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. David Bowie, Art Edition No. 101–200, ‘Scotland, May 1973’
“The bond between photographer and subject is clear to see. It’s rare that we get a glimpse behind the scenes, particularly with an artist so in control of his image. But here we find a thorough portrait of an individual in all his guises. This is a truly indispensable book, not just for Bowie fans but also for people interested in rock history.”
— Amateur Photographer, London
“For Bowie fans, it’s a must.”
“David Bowie fans, form an orderly queue… The book, with a cover that’s a playfully kitsch hologram of the singer’s face, follows the narrative of the record and is divided into 11 chapters, reflecting the 11 songs; each chapter captures the spirit of the respective lyrics.”
— Financial Times How To Spend It, London
“For the love of Ziggy Stardust, these vintage photos of Bowie are just sublime.”
— The Huffington Post, New York
“…the intimate photographs provide an unprecedented look into the period that arguably formed the icon’s persona.”