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David Bowie & Freddie Mercury Rock Out in Amazing Vintage Photos From Mick Rock — Exclusive Pics

David Bowie & Freddie Mercury Rock Out in Amazing Vintage Photos From Mick Rock — Exclusive Pics

It’s been a rough few months for iconic rock stars, with Lemmy, David Bowie and now Prince all departing this mortal coil to share their talents with whichever plane of existence comes next. Undoubtedly affected by these too-soon passings is photographer Mick Rock, who’s made a career of capturing such legends as Iggy Pop, Freddie Mercury and Lou Reed. Rock is the subject of “Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock,” a new documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend.

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Indiewire has exclusively obtained two photos from Rock’s personal collection in conjunction with the film; in them, the photographer can be seen embracing Bowie (above) and Mercury (below). They’re decades-old, off-the-cuff moments that if taken today and featuring equivalent stars would immediately go viral on Instagram. As artifacts of an era passed, they somehow feel rarer and more special.

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“Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock” is directed by Barnaby Clay, who’s married to Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and has directed videos for his wife’s band as well as TV on the Radio and Gnarls Barkley in addition to a number of short films. “Shot!” is his feature debut.


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