Last night at
CBGB the John Varvatos store in NYC, Lou Reed and Mick Rock spoke about their friendship and work relationship spanning from the very beginning of both of their careers in music and photography to now. The gathering was to celebrate the launch of their photo-filled book Transformer, showcasing many previously unseen images of Lou by Rock, and a few of Rock by Lou.
After guests milled about the store with cocktails, perusing the fruits of the artists’ labor, Rock and Lou took their places on a stage, not to perform, but to talk about their history. Lou Reed’s adoration of Mick Rock came from a few things: his ability to capture him in a way that felt alive, and real (as opposed to what he described as movie theater cardboard cutouts,) and for their shared affinity for staying up all night.
A few jabs at Pop music masquerading as Rock later, Lou was on about Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, and how he did it first. Whatever you say, Lou. I just wish the S&M store Lou used to dress from on MacDougal were still around…