Lou Reed, Transformer Album Cover, 1972
© Mick Rock

Lou Reed, Transformer Album Cover, 1972

By Mick Rock
About the image
The front cover of Transformer, Lou Reed's second solo album, which includes the hit singles "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day." Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson - lead guitarist for The Spiders from Mars -  Transformer is widely considered one of the most iconic albums of the glam era. 

“I first met Lou Reed at the Kings Cross Cinema in London in July of 1972. David Bowie took me backstage to greet him...It was the night of his first ever concert outside of the United States." - Mick Rock

Lou Reed's performance on July 14, 1972 was captured by Mick Rock, which produced this image used on the album cover. The following night, Mick Rock returned to Kings Cross to see Iggy Pop and The Stooges perform, where he captured the image that was later used on the front cover of their album Raw Power. Mick Rock captured two iconic 1970s album cover images at the same venue only one day apart.

Special Note:
There is a small archive of photographs that Mick had printed and signed before his death which may include this image, please contact us for prices and availability.

The "Artist Signed" version of this photograph is a limited edition SIGNED by Lou Reed. 

VERY FEW AVAILABLE - this piece is now extremely rare, please contact us with questions.

Collector's Notes:
Mick Rock's Estate photographs are printed to order in New York City, please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. Each archival photograph is numbered and embossed with the official estate seal.

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery of the artwork.

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Lou Reed, Transformer Album Cover, 1972
Lou Reed, Transformer Album Cover, 1972