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In the midst of a packed Sept. 8 launch party in West Hollywood’s Taschen gallery — where the 600-person capacity hit overflow by 8 p.m. with a line down the block — iconic 1970s photographer Mick Rock celebrated his new book, The Rise Of David Bowie, with some unbridled rock ‘n’ roll rancor.
Starting off gently, Rick expressed admiration for Miley Cyrus: “Miley Cyrus is a cute little girl pop singer. I think she’s really pretty talented, but, to me, it’s kind of sweet,” adding that she’s not the shock jock she might hope to be. “It’s not exactly Iggy Pop on a rampage in 1972,” he said.
Controversial fellow photographer Terry Richardson — who recently caught ire for his photography of Kylie Jenner for Galore magazine, and in 2010 was accused of sexually harassing young models by supermodel Rie Rasmussen — is another matter.
Rock has nothing good to say about the fashion shutterbug, from his work, of which one piece happened to be hanging on a nearby gallery wall (“It’s garbage, it’s baby stuff, who’s he gonna shock? … I think that’s childish, very childish”) to his notoriously predatory behavior: “And he’s a pig, I know certain young ladies that if it had been my daughter, he wouldn’t have a dick anymore. And I don’t even like him being in the room, but it’s not my gallery. I don’t like f—ing pigs. That’s got no class, it’s got no true design, it has no true aesthetic, it’s just a f—ing asshole waving his dick around. He’s such an ugly c—, it’s just as well he’s got a big dick, ’cause he’d get no action at all.”
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