KEXP Suggests: Hot Tramp, I Love You So at Mo'Pop 6/30

KEXP Suggests

One of the most exciting exhibits opening in Seattle this summer is Bowie by Mick Rock, a collection of 65 photographs by Bowie's personal photographer Mick Rock. And this Friday, June 30th, Mo'Pop kicks off the exhibit with Hot Tramp, I Love You So, an opening reception as dazzling as the show it celebrates.

Legendary London-born artist Mick Rock was Bowie's official photographer in the early '70s. As Bowie told his manager, "Mick sees me the way I see myself." Via a press release, Rock reflects, "I think David trusted me. I regarded myself as a guardian of his image, and that’s true to this day." Rock went on to become known as the "Man Who Shot the Seventies," and has since shot more than 100 album covers.

Bowie by Mick Rock is a lovingly curated collection of photos, from low-key intimate dressing room shots to high-energy onstage performances as Ziggy Stardust. The exhibit will also include rare performance footage, oral history interviews, an audio tour narrated by Rock, and photos he shot of other music icons of the era, like Lou Reed, Queen, and Debbie Harry.


On Friday night, attendees to the reception party will enjoy a Q&A and book signing with Rock, as well as a screening of the documentary about him, SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock. Local band Great Spiders will perform, and DJ BRNT ZZA presents the “John, I’m Only Dancing” DJ party. Tickets are available online for this 21+ event.

If you can't make it Friday night, the exhibit opens to the public starting on Saturday, July 1st, and will be on view at MoPOP through January 15th, 2018.

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