Mick Rock first photographed Queen on 18 November 1973, at their breakthrough gig at Imperial College, London. Rock was already establishing a reputation as the inimitable glam rock photographer, for his iconic work with David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed - and the band, who had come together two years previously, were largely unknown. This breakthrough gig opened a lot of people's eyes, and ears, to the fact that the extraordinary-looking foursome were something special. They were visually stunning and in Freddie Mercury they possessed the most animated front man since Mick Jagger. They also sounded like nothing and no one else. Music writers could usually find some label to stick on a band to describe their sound but with Queen it was different. More than glam and more than rock, Queen were simply Queen.
Mick's collaboration with Freddie, Brian, Roger and John lasted until the end of 1975. During this time he created the iconic album covers for Queen and Sheer Heart Attack. He shot several group studio sessions, conducted solo shoots with Freddie and Roger both at home and in the studio, as well as photographing behind the scenes at parties, live performances and recording studios.
This exhibition brings together a selection of Mick Rock's photographs of the band taken in the beginning of their history.
I remember Freddie telling me, “The most important thing is to live a fabulous life. As long it´s fabulous, I don´t care how long it is.”
Freddie Mercury was one of my favorite human beings, a gem of a man.”
Mick Rock, 1995
I won´t be a rockstar.
I will be a legend.
The official exhibition of Queen
"The Bohemian Rapsody Years" is conformed of:
100 Big-scale Photographs Original music videos.
2 hours of music in the entire room Letters
and Handwritten postcards 1 Official Catalog.
1 Book titled “Classic Queen” Official Merchandising
for sale Original memorabilia.
Events and activities with the photographer: Official exhibition’s opening, Press Conference, Workshops, Teleconferences and Talks open to the public, exhibition private tour with Mick Rock, among other activities.
During a month prior to the opening, the photographer will give interviews to the local media and to promote the show on his personal page and social networks.
The official Queen Exhibition “The Bohemian Rhapsody Years by Mick Rock” was presented in Mexico City in March 2019. Then traveled to the city of Córdoba in the Argentine Republic and finally was shown
in the City of Buenos Aires in the month of July of the same year.
Mexico City: 15,000 visitirs
City of Córdoba: 32,000 visitors
City of Buenos Aires: 20,000 visitors
City of Mar del Plata: 15,000 visitors
Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos
February - 2019
Promotional video by the sponsors Johnnie Walker & Total Play
Selected Press | Mexico City
La exhibición “Queen, el origen de una leyenda” abre sus puertas en México
Video recorrido por la muestra con CNN en Español
“Queen: El origen de una leyenda”, muestra fotografías de la banda nunca antes vistas
(CNN Español) – La Ciudad de México vibra, canta y grita con la exposición fotográfica nunca antes vista de la banda icónica de la música inglesa
Rolling Stone | Magazine Cover
Mexico - March 2019
Mick Rock presenta en México “Queen: El origen de una leyenda”
Tras el éxito que tuvo el año pasado con “Starman: universo de David Bowie”, el fotógrafo inglés Mick Rock regresa a México para presentar “Queen: El origen de una leyenda”
El trabajo de Mick Rock vuelve a México con "Queen: el origen de una leyenda"
Más de 120 imágenes del fotógrafo británico Mick Rock, 14 de ellas inéditas, integran la exposición "Queen: el origen de una leyenda"
Mick Rock regresa a México con Queen, el origen de una leyenda
El fotógrafo Mick Rock encuentra un rollo perdido con imágenes inéditas que se presentarán en la exposición sobre el grupo inglés a partir del 15 de marzo en el Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos
Queen regresa a México gracias a Mick Rock
Maxim Magazine | México
Televisa | Interview with Paola Rojas
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo | CAC
Córdoba City Argentina
March - 2019
Centro Cultural Borges | CCB
Buenos Aires City
July - 2019