Transformer: Mick Rock & Lou Reed

transformerDeluxe edition of Transformer

The latest worthy production from Genesis Publications features legendary rock and roll photographer Mick Rock and Lou Reed teaming up to share the highlights of their 40 year relationship.

From the  iconic cover photo of Reed’s album Transformer to candid never before seen outtakes, studio sessions, spontaneous shots and friends including Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. The book presents a visual biography of one musics most influential performers.


From the publisher:

40 years ago, Transformer launched Lou Reed from the underground, way up to Mars, with a little help from Starman Bowie. Mick Rock was there to capture Reed’s flight on film, beginning with the iconic album cover and continuing through the wild side of the Seventies.


Now, Lou Reed, rock icon, artist and poet, is collaborating with legendary photographer Mick Rock in one of the most visually exciting books Genesis has ever produced.


The book is offered in a Collector Edition with the binding in metallic foils of iconic Transformer album cover and a 350 copy Deluxe Edition which is bound in full leather and includes a signed Giclée print. There’s also some music as both editions include a 7″ vinyl record. All copies in both editions are signed by both authors.

transformer3Reed, Jagger & Bowie


Collector Edition

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Here’s the trailer:


You can pre-order the book here

Also of note, while we are on the topic of music and the 1970’s.  Here is a run of  Proximity. A scarce Led Zeppelin fanzine that was published in Issaquah and Seattle from 1980-1983.

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