Syd Barrett | Art and Letters, will be the first and largest exhibition of its kind, offering a rare insight into the lesser known side to the original Pink Floyd frontman’s inspiration and creativity. The exhibition will include a series of previously unseen photographs ranging from intimate images from Syd’s childhood holidays through to the psychedelic hothouse of 1960s progressive rock as well as personal love notes written during the early days of Pink Floyd. Not only a stunning documentary of Syd Barrett, the exhibition features a series of completely unseen photographs of early Pink Floyd, including the first ever images of the band playing live in Denmark and images by the photographer Mick Rock he had considered lost forever. The exhibition will also include an extraordinary collection of Syd Barrett’s original artworks – the largest to date.
This was one of the most entertaining afternoons I have ever spent – here are 6 minutes of heavily edited footage as Mick Rock talks me through his book:
Rather randomly you can also behind the scenes of the interview above below too:
Is amazing how much amusement you can get in life from Mick Rock, some yellow fruit and a sharpie!
Syd Barrett by Mick Rock
OK if you follow me on Twitter you’ll be up to speed with this & yes yes I know I am very lucky getting to spend this week with Mick Rock…
I am not just his biatch though, oh no no no! I am making a series of films about Mick, and his work, to be shown as part of this show at the Idea Generation Gallery (opens Thursday). It would be rude to not share them here so see below for #1 (tip: If you want a hint to the rest of the footage coming soon then this sets the tone for the week)!
This week I am mainly filming & working with Mick Rock (and loving my job):
Idea Generation Gallery present a retrospective of the legendary photographer, Mick Rock, and showcase his work documenting the most outrageous moments, people and legends in music history in association with Zippo. Celebrated as ‘The Man Who Shot the 70s’, Mick Rock’s images define rock n’ roll. Rock launched his career in 1972 with his portrait of an unknown David Bowie and spent the next four decades capturing the most fascinating and exciting characters in rock music. This outstanding exhibition will coincide with the publication of Rock’s new book Exposed: the Faces of Rock n’ Roll, which includes previously unseen and unpublished images, as well as rare and unexpected portraits.
Lots more to come this week – it’s going to be busy but fun…