Playground Rock Star (Dude, ’72), Mick Rock, 1972

Throwback Thursday…photographer Mick Rock’s shot of a kid cardboard guitarist in an adventure playground was the original cover photo for the Mott the Hoople album “All The Young Dudes”, produced by David Bowie.  It was replaced before final production.   (Knowing that makes me sound way cooler than I actually am…I first found it here).  A print sold at Christie’s for $1250 in 2008.   That’s Camden Town Adventure Playground in the background I think, but I’m not quite sure…any help from my London friends?  Nils?

4 Responses to “Playground Rock Star (Dude, ’72), Mick Rock, 1972”

  1. Randy Ludacer said:

    Hi Paige, thanks to Anna who commented earlier, we were able to interview the boy and we now know more about the day that this photo was taken from his point of view…

    May 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

  2. Anna Vaughan-Spruce said:

    That’s my partner in the picture ;o)

    How funny!

    March 31, 2016 at 10:18 am

  3. Paige Johnson said:

    Thanks so much for the insider info, Ray! Has your gramdmother written down or recorded her play leader memories? I’m always looking for great historical/archival words and photos. If you’d like to share some, email me.

    March 16, 2015 at 5:25 am

  4. Ray Gale said:

    Thats Cumberland Market adventure playground, I know this because my grandmother was play leader there for many years in the early 1970s.

    March 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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