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The Photography of Mark "Weissguy" Weiss

If you were a kid that grew up listening to music in the 80's, there's a good chance that the name Mark Weiss is ringing more bells than Quasimodo. If you're reading this from somewhere on Earth, there's almost a 100% chance that you've seen the work of the "Weissguy." Having photographed almost every big name musician from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, and been responsible for a countless number of album covers throughout his career, the vast majority of the planet has laid eyes on a Mark Weiss creation. Let that sink in. 

The Decade That Rocked is a colossal coffee table book with 378 heavyweight pages of stunning photographs. Weighing in at just over 6 pounds, it's a family-sized serving of the meat-and-potatoes era of Weiss's career, the 80's. The decade of decadence found Weiss at his most prolific, running with the likes of Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, and Ozzy Osbourne, just to name a few. And when I say "running" with them, I mean it quite literally. He was invited to tour with the bands, to shoot them backstage, and to shoot them in their personal and private spaces. His access was beyond belief, well, that is until you see the photographic evidence. 

Weiss was at almost every significant festival as well; the US Festival, the Hear N' Aid Sessions, Live Aid, and he even flew on the plane with all the bands to the Moscow Music Peace Festival. The evidence from all of these monumental events is also documented in the book. His work as a staff photographer at Circus magazine and his album cover art for records like Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry brought his work inside millions of homes around the world. But aside from all of the heart-stopping images, the heart of the book lies in the pages in which Weiss invites all of us into his life.

The book reads like a loosely detailed autobiography. We don't get deeply personal and highly detailed accounts of his personal life, but we get his story. We get to hear how mowing lawns led to small jobs, which led to a legendary career as one of the greatest rock photographers in history. We get to know the Weissguy, and we get to like him and hang with him. With quotes from dozens of the elite rockers throughout the book, we really start to understand why they enjoyed having him around so much. And let me tell you, you'll enjoy having the by-product of his experiences in this encyclopedia of The Decade That Rocked. 

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Shoot To Thrill:
The Mark "Weissguy" Weiss Interview

Legendary rock photographer Mark "Weissguy" Weiss sits down for a marathon session with Dr. Music to talk about his gigantic new book, The Decade That Rocked. Mark talks about everything from hanging out with Ozzy to what kind of cameras he uses to capture his iconic images. 

Strap yourself in (with a tasty beverage) and get to know Mark Weiss, and get the inside scoop on The Decade That Rocked!! 

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