“Dude ’72” photo by Mick Rock (Camden Town, Summer 1972): All the Young Dudes Original Album Cover Art
For obvious reasons I really like Mick Rock’s photo of this English boy, outside with his cardboard guitar. (I’m guessing the kayak must have been for Regent’s Canal since I don’t see any other bodies of water on a map of Camden Town.)
We went to the opening of Mick Rock’s Glam! show on Staten Island a couple weeks ago. This photo was there.
The original cover photo for Mott The Hoople’s classic Bowie-produced album “All The Young Dudes” … Why it wasn’t used I can’t remember, nor can Ian Hunter, must have been a chemical shift.
Glam! An Eyewitness Account
A chemical shift or just a really bad executive/creative decision? The album cover that they ultimately went with—
(with a 1940s-style illustration of some English public school chaps in suits)—was so crummy by comparison, it was embarrassing. (I don’t even want to stink up the blog by showing it; you can go here to see it, if you want.) [Update: I was wrong and not just about the illustration being 1940s style…]
In my second year at college, I remember going to a Providence record store to buy that album and just cringing when my girlfriend at the time held it up and, from across the store, called out, “Randy, here’s Mott the Hoople!”
I think I might have held my head a little bit higher, if the English boy with the cardboard guitar had been on that album cover instead.
Updates: Our Interview with “Dude ’72” and Dude ’72 and his “PIP” brand cardboard guitar
Charlotte F says
Hi, I realise this is an old post, but I am looking for any information on this image I can find. I randomly came across this photo a short time ago and noticed the cardboard used for the guitar is from a box belonging to my family’s farm. The boxes would have been used to take produce to markets across London years ago. If you have time to email me back I’d appreciate it. Is the image in the ‘Glam!’ book you have referenced? Thanks
anna vaughan-spruce says
I can tell you the name of the boy as it’s my boyfriend, but no info on the boxes I’m afraid…
(He’s 51 and a little taller than he was then, but still plays guitar.)
Geir Sundstøl says
Hi, Anna Vaughan-Spruce!
What’s The Dude’s name?
Randy Ludacer says
Check out our interview… (all is revealed)