THE DECADE THAT ROCKED, quite the understatement. There is an old saying, “If you remember the 80’s, you weren’t there”. This may ring true for some, but being a teenager during that decade who only had the records, tapes and magazines to make him a part of it, this book brings back many fond memories.
Here we are in 2021 and Mark has recently published his mammoth portfolio in the form of THE DECADE THAT ROCKED hardcover coffee table book. When my copy arrived in the post I couldn’t wait to dive into it. I poured myself a triple Jack on ice, turned on some 80’s Glam Metal (We called it Glam back in the day, not “Hair”) and sat back to enjoy an afternoon trip down memory lane.
The book starts off where it should, the early days of Mark’s career that I was unfamiliar with. I had no idea he shot Kiss, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin during their heyday. Reading his stories behind the photos and how he started down this path was intriguing as well as inspiring. It all seemed to happen quick for him, with good fortune on his side. His story shows that with determination you can live the dream. Hearing about the photo shoots, how some scenes were set up…etc gives us a glimpse into a world behind our favourite album cover or centre spread from an old Metal mag.
Back in the early 80’s I bought Circus, Faces, Hit Parader religiously, later on Rip and Metal Edge came on the scene. Many of the photos that graced the covers were taken by Mark Weiss. Now, many of those iconic images are here in one place. The book is beautifully done with all 378 pages being a nice thick, glossy paper. The colours look sharp and really pop, as they should because it was a colourful time. Mark didn’t just take the average band shots, he composed a whole scene and used effects to make his images stand out amongst the rest. From the infamous shot of Dee holding a bone to the multiple versions for the SLIPPERY WHEN WET record sleeve, it’s all there. Seeing the outtakes and never before published photos are fascinating, especially for someone like me that grew up during this time listening to these bands. It’s a real trip.
Fans of 80’s Hard Rock, Metal and Glam need to own this book. It covers an era in time that will never be duplicated. It was THE DECADE THAT ROCKED and this book captures it as best as it can be. It is the best book I have ever seen on the greatest decade ever. I am glad to have grown up during that time and been able to buy the albums and magazines as it happened. I just wish I could have lived somewhere that bands played so I could have seen the bands play when at their prime.