Legendary photographer Mick Rock captures a jovial David Bowie and his Spiders From Mars hanging out in their dressing room in this exclusive clip from Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, a new documentary about Rock.
In the Shot! excerpt, Rock talks about how artists accepted him as a peer and not just someone shooting photographs on assignment.
“I don’t think they felt that I was an outsider,” Rock says in the clip. “I was part of the fabric. I was celebrated and I think they all knew that. So I was a natural, organic Joseph Goebbels for the piece in the time. And I came pretty cheap.”
Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock features unseen archival footage and unearthed audio recordings of some of Rock’s most famous subjects, including Bowie, Queen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett.
In addition to Rock’s landmark work and his relationships with rock legends, the documentary also focuses on the photographer’s battle with drug addiction and a near-death experience he had in his youth.
Shot! will be released in theaters on April 7th, the same day the film heads to Amazon Video, iTunes and other services.
In a September 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Rock spoke at length about working with Bowie early in the icon’s career.
“He was very open and relaxed with me. It seemed kind of normal at the time,” Rock said of Bowie. “He wasn’t saying, ‘Don’t shoot this, don’t shoot that.’ He was a very positive and encouraging personality. He was not closed, he was very open. He wanted me to take the pictures.”