The Young American
Rock Dreams
Guy Peellaert was born into an aristocratic family, but left home at an early age. He studied fine arts in Brussels, and became heavily influenced by American and British pop culture, film noir and pulp literature, before making his debut as a decorator for theaters and comic strip artist. His style was influenced by psychedelic art and Pop Art. He moved to Paris, where he worked variously in advertising, set design for the casino and the Crazy Horse nightclub, film and television. In 1973, he collaborated with British rock journalist Nik Cohn on the best-selling book “Rock Dreams”, which reportedly sold a million copies after it was published the following year. The book consisted of Peellaert's visual illustrations which celebrated and exaggerated the rebel heritage of pop music and, particularly, rock and roll, with commentary by Cohn. The original artworks were the subject of a major exhibition in Biba's famous Rainbow Room on the King's Road on 8 March 1974.  David and Angie were present as was Mick Jagger who bought several of the originals. After the success of Rock Dreams, Peellaert became perhaps best known for his rock album covers including David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” and the Rolling Stones “It's Only Rock 'n' Roll”, He also designed film posters for films like “Taxi Driver” by Martin Scorsese.