When Tony Mott goes to galleries and can’t afford a print that he likes he buys the catalogue as conciliation. For his forthcoming solo exhibition at Raw Gallery in South Melbourne, Mott decided to do a similar thing for his audience; thus the genesis of his third and most recent book Rock ‘n’ Roll Is The New Trainspotting.
What was initially intended to be a catalogue of 60 or so shots, assembled by Mott’s pal Joe Ferrara (art director at Rolling Stone), the collection took on a life of its own and grew to become a book that incorporates 244 photos of the blood, sweat and tears shed by an incredible variety of musicians.
Shot between 1984 and now, the photos each hold a special meaning for Mott, none of which could be heralded as his all time favourite. He does admit, however, that although he might pick a different set of photos everyday as his most prized, the one of Johnny Rotten (pictured above) would make it in every time. Why? Because “when it comes to punk, he’s the man.” That, and the trying set of circumstances in which he took it (hundreds of moshing punks crushing him), make it a particularly fond memory.
Photographer Tony Mott will be launching his book 'Rock ‘n’ Roll Is The New Trainspotting' with a book signing at the opening of his exhibition of the same name at Raw Gallery on Saturday 27 November.