DON DOKKEN “Despised” His Wardrobe For Under Lock And Key Album Cover; The Decade That Rocked Podcast Episode Streaming
September 30, 2020, 8 months ago
Rock photographer Mark "Weissguy" Weiss shares with fans the The Decade That Rocked Podcast. The initial set of episodes document his journey as a kid from New Jersey with a camera and a dream to shooting one of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll photographs ever: the cover-that-almost-was for Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet album. His co-host for the ride is comedian and journalist Greg Alprin who, as an addict of the decade that rocked, shapes the conversation from a fan’s perspective.
The latest episode features Don Dokken. Don joins the podcast to take a look back on some of his shoots with Mark over the years, and tells the story of the wardrobe he despised wearing for the Under Lock And Key album cover session. He gives firsthand insight into what it was like to work with the “Weissguy”, as well as why he let him live in his house while he was on the road touring the world with Dokken. Don also opens up about what he saw, or more accurately, didn’t see, in Metallica in the early days, and how he was admittedly very wrong—so much so that he reveals how hard it was to follow them on the bill during the 1988 Monsters of Rock tour. Lots of great stories, wrapped up in a chat about the new Dokken album of Lost Songs. Listen here.
The podcast looks back at the period’s most historic moments through the stories behind my images, and feature interviews with rock stars from then and now offering a backstage pass to the most hedonistic time in music. Join them for a decadent celebration of the hard rockin’ 1980s and beyond.
First published in June 2020 by Insight Editions, The Decade That Rocked is a 378 page hardcover book, measuring 9.2 x 12.8 inches and weighing 6 pounds. Written by Richard Bienstock, The Decade That Rocked includes a foreword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, an afterword by radio and tv personality Eddie Trunk, as well as contributions by Daniel Siwek.
Featuring the iconic and never-before-published photography of Mark Weiss, The Decade That Rocked covers the biggest names from the ’80s hard rock scene—including Jon Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, and more—in an illustrated homage to the music and mayhem of rock’s most colorful decade.
The 1980s were an era of musical excess, filled with spandex, makeup, big hair, groupies, and loud, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll. Photographer Mark Weiss lived at the heart of it all, documenting the biggest and most dangerous bands of the time—legends ranging from Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, and Mötley Crüe to Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, KISS, and many more. The Decade That Rocked showcases onstage and backstage moments and never-before-seen images from the period’s most historic concerts, events, and album covers—all captured through the lens of Mark “Weissguy” Weiss.
Growing up in Matawan, New Jersey, Mark filled his teenage nights sneaking into concerts to shoot the biggest acts of the ’70s. After being arrested for selling photographs outside a KISS concert in 1977, he walked into the offices of Circus with his portfolio and soon landed his first centerfold spread—a photo of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Soon after, he became the publication’s staff photographer. Throughout the ’80s, his photos were seen by millions, appearing in countless magazines around the world and on the covers of the most iconic albums of the decade.
Dig into Mark’s archives and take a tour through never-before-seen photos of a teenage Jon Bon Jovi, and behind-the-scenes and unreleased images from the album shoot for Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and the band’s decade-ending historic performance at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. Travel to Washington, DC, as Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider sits before Congress to combat censorship at the infamous PMRC hearings.
Captured from the unique vantage point of a photographer who lived and breathed the ’80s in all its grit and glory, The Decade That Rocked brings to life the no-holds-barred sounds and sights that changed the world of hard rock and metal forever.