Ozzy Osbourne honors the life of photographer Mick Rock, who has passed away at 72. He pays tribute to the photographer’s legacy.
Mick Rock, known as the rock-n-roll photographer of the ’70s, is dead at 72. Music icons such as Ozzy Osbourne are mourning his loss today, posting tributes to Rock on social media.
Osbourne’s post includes an image Mick Rock took at an earlier stage of the performer’s career. The image depicts a young Ozzy with lighter hair and a cross around his neck, looking into the distance. The pensive portrait combines with an emotional caption.
“@TheRealMickRock was a true rockstar,” Osbourne writes. “Heartbreaking we have lost him, but he leaves us his incredible work. God bless you Mick. Rest in peace.”
Mick Rock’s Work
The photo above was taken in 1975, a peak year for both Black Sabbath and Mick Rock. In addition to capturing the “Godfather of Heavy Metal,” Rocked worked with Queen, David Bowie, and Motley Crue. Rock was not interested in pursuing a career in photography until he was 19. While studying medieval languages at the University of Cambridge, the photographer found his passion during an LSD trip with a friend.
“Sitting around his room, tripping on blotter acid, I picked up the camera and began playing with it,” Rock told the New York Post. Every time I clicked, there was an explosion and I saw a lady’s faces in a million iterations.”
Mick Rock is responsible for capturing the iconic “Queen II” album cover, in which the four original members of Queen are shown against a black background with only their faces being illuminated. He is also the artist behind Motley Crue’s bathtub shoot, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock-N-Roll” album cover, and an exhibit of David Bowie portraitures.
Mick Rock’s Legacy
A statement posted via Mick Rock’s Instagram reads “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side. Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ’The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet — a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.”
Artists like Brian May and Miley Cyrus remember him not only for his work but for the person that Rock was.
“Sad and shocked to hear of the passing of our friend, photographer Mick Rock,” Brian May adds. “His ouvre will definitely shine on.”
“IT WAS BARELY OVER A YEAR AGO I SAT WITH YOU BY THE WINDOW LISTENING TO BOWIE STORIES….
IT WAS MY HONOR,” Cyrus writes in an Instagram post.
Mick Rock is survived by his wife Pati Rock and his daughter Nathalie Rock. His family asks for their privacy to be respected at this time.