For more than 40 years, Mick Rock has been one of music's most in-demand photographers, capturing indelible images of icons like David Bowie and Lou Reed to modern rock stars like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Killers. Since starting as photographer in the '60s for Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett (he shot the cover for his solo album The Madcap Laughs), Rock has become best known for shooting covers for The Stooges' Raw Power and Lou Reed's Transformer. But his glossy new book Exposed (Chronicle Books) also reveals dozens of previously unseen images, including revealing shots of Lady Gaga and Madonna from their early days. Click through to see a collection of images from the book and read Rock's stories from behind the shoots.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »