by Mick Rock
Classic Queen is the most complete portrait of one of the world’s greatest bands at a pivotal time in their career.
Queen were the rarest of breeds: both genius in the studio and utterly brilliant performing live. A potent, magical mixture that has won them fans the world over.
Mick Rock was fast becoming the glam-rock photographer du jour when he turned up at Imperial College, London, on 18 November 1973 to take his first shots of the up-and-coming group. Mick’s continuing collaboration with Freddie, Brian, Roger and John lasted until 1976 and Queen’s legendary free concert in Hyde Park. During this time he helped create the iconic album covers for Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack and conducted solo photo sessions with Freddie and Roger. Previously unseen out-takes and test Polaroids from these sessions are included in the book, as are over 120 live photographs.
Classic Queen is a fitting tribute to a band captured in Mick Rock’s lens at the explosive moment between obscurity and world domination.
Author Mick Rock’s career was launched when he photographed an almost unknown David Bowie in 1972. The two established an instant rapport and Rock went on to document the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust. His reputation as ‘the man who shot the Seventies’ was cemented with iconic images of Lou Reed, Syd Barrett, Iggy Pop, Queen, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and Blondie. More recently, Mick has exposed with his camera Kate Moss, Michael Stipe, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Chemical Brothers, Razorlight, The Killers and The Libertines.