06 Mar 12 at 11 am

Guy Peellaert - Rock Dreams (1974)

Rock Dreams was conceived as a series of stills from a motion picture that had never – and could never – be made. After [Nick] Cohn had sketched out the scenarios in a matter of weeks, Peellaert laboured for three years to bring them to fruition, working from photographs and an extensive library of newspaper and magazine cuttings, to shape the characters and settings in a gallery of luridly coloured collages infused with a dreamlike, elegiac quality.

Buddy Holly climbs the steps of an aircraft giving a finger-snapping final farewell; PJ Proby, in a blue velvet romper suit, floats in the heavens amidst a throng of adoring, naked, pneumatic nymphs; Bob Dylan, a study in luxurious isolation, huddles in the back of a limousine, swathed in furs, toying with a kitten on his lap; while the Rolling Stones are shown in a series of progressively decadent tableaux – pigging themselves at a Beggars’ Banquet, as leather-clad tranvestites in a hotel bedroom, and in Gestapo uniforms surrounded by pre-pubescent girls.

These images were accompanied by pithy commentaries from Cohn. A leonine Jim Morrison, for example, was described as “a marvellous boy in black leathers, made up by two queens on the phone”. “Guy knew his way around a Picasso,” Cohn said, “but his inspirations were film and pop mythology. He made no distinction between high art and low art. He approached it as a sort of hyper-fevered fan, who was suddenly presented with a series of fantastic dreams where he could meet his heroes.”

(The Telegraph)