The story of rock and roll is a story told through images: David Bowie in a turquoise suit with orange hair in Life on Mars; a portrait of Lou Reed resembling a heroin user for his album Transformer; a soulful Freddie Mercury with crossed arms on the cover of Queen II. Each of these pictures is as legendary as the shot of a half-naked Iggy Pop from Raw Power, and they were all taken by the same man, Mick Rock (which, as fate would have it, is his real name), who, has been the favorite photographer of glam and punk musicians since the 1970s. Countless legends have been in front of his camera, including Debbie Harry and The Ramones. Rock played a leading part in creating the legends of hedonistic London and New York's underground punk scene, capturing moments of sweaty, ecstatic glory on stage and subsequent falls in dressing rooms and hotels. The story of life on the edge is a hyperkinetic chronicle of a fascination with darkness and constant flirtation with death. Rock's nervous, delirious narration begins after a cocaine overdose (culminating in a heart attack) and takes us back to a psychedelic past, to some of the iconic moments in the history of rock and roll.
Barnaby Clay is a British director who graduated from the London International Film School in 1996. Specializing in music, he has shot numerous videos, including for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, TV on the Radio, Gnarls Barkley, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Since 2003, he has made a number of music documentaries and short films that have won awards at various film festivals.
2002 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: She Said, Version 1 (short)
2002 Rihanna: Word Love (short)
2007 Finkle's Odyssey (short)
2011 Nine Types of Light (short)
2016 SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock