SHOOT IT UP

Mick Rock un­veils more most ex­cel­lent im­ages of Lou Reed in a new edi­tion of his Trans­former book.

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n 2013, Gen­e­sis Publi­ca­tions re­leased the lim­ited edi­tion book Trans­former, wherein Lou Reed and his con­fi­dante and pho­tog­ra­pher Mick Rock il­lus­trated Reed’s evo­lu­tion from 1972 to 1980 in im­ages and words. Reed’s last pub­lic ap­pear­ances, in Lon­don and New York, were to pro­mote it; upon his death on Oc­to­ber 27, 2013, Rock put a stop to sales. Three years on, in time for the Trans­former al­bum’s 45th an­niver­sary, it’s been de­cided to make it avail­able once more. A hand-bound 11.5” x 15.5” large for­mat vol­ume in an edi­tion of 2,000, each copy has been signed by Rock and stamped by the Lou Reed es­tate. It ar­rives in a slip­case with a fac­sim­ile lyric sheet, a 7-inch picture disc of Walk On The Wild Side and Coney Is­land Baby, and, ex­cit­ingly, a new book­let con­tain­ing 50 un­seen im­ages. “Yes, it’s some­thing to take away and have a good jerk off to!” says Rock, down the line from New York. The un­seen ma­te­rial in­cludes im­ages of Reed vis­it­ing John Cale at his west Lon­don base­ment flat in Hol­land Road in sum­mer 1975. “Lou and John were get­ting on OK that par­tic­u­lar night,” says Mick. “Lou and I had ear­lier been with

INico at Blakes Ho­tel, Lou had been try­ing to get all three to­gether, be­lieve it or not, but they were all a bit, shall we say… high.” An­other is this bold set up of Reed in leather wield­ing a gun in au­tumn 1976 in a down­town NYC stu­dio. “These shots were never ac­tu­ally seen,” says Rock. “I think that was when he turned me onto Larry Clark, whose book Tulsa he had, where you had these junkie kids, I think there were some guns in some of the pic­tures there. I don’t know if [the por­traits] were really recre­ations of those shots, but it was the spark of an idea and we just let it roll. He’s also hold­ing his brand new cas­sette player, which he was very ex­cited about. It wasn’t a real gun – he wasn’t about to shoot the pho­tog­ra­pher. “We had a very good re­la­tion­ship in those years,” re­flects Rock. “We al­ways got on. The truth is, other than miss­ing his wed­ding to [sec­ond wife] Sylvia [Mo­rales], we never had any is­sues. Our ses­sions were never heavy. We’d just be buggering about try­ing dif­fer­ent things, dif­fer­ent hand move­ments, dif­fer­ent faces. It was play­time.”

“WE’D JUST BE BUGGERING ABOUT TRY­ING DIF­FER­ENT THINGS… IT WAS PLAY­TIME.”

Trans­former by Lou Reed and Mick Rock, the lim­ited edi­tion book, is avail­able from Gen­e­sis Publi­ca­tions at www.trans­former­book.com. Tel: +44 (0)1483 540 970.

Vi­sions of Lou: (clock­wise from main) Reed lets ’em have it, NYC, ’76; with Mick Ron­son at Ash­ley’s Bar, NYC, Septem­ber ’76; with John Cale in Lon­don, sum­mer ’75; from the Trans­former cover shoot, Kings Cross Cin­ema, July 14, ’72; at Blakes Ho­tel, Lon­don, au­tumn ’74.

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