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SHK hosts a birthday bash for photographer Mick Rock at The Raven

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SHK Magazine, the online source for all that is au courant in fashion, music, lifestyle, club style, model style and web style just premiered its newest issue, "Greed", or SHK #4. The issue's cover girl is that big eyed Keane painting come to life, Cory Kennedy. Kennedy and SHK's editors, Rachel Sutton and Emily Marucci, threw rock and roll photographer, Mick Rock, a birthday party last Tuesday night at the new Meatpacking District nightclub, The Raven, and a host of Rock's pals and fans turned up to help him blow out the sparklers, including that other great documenter of music's icons, photographer Bob Gruen.

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The line formed outside 55 Gansevoort Street at 9 PM on the dot, with taxis and limos rumbling over the cobblestones in the cold night air to disgorge revelers and well wishers, who soon packed the subterranean bar under a fresco of heaven and hell. Guests warmed up with apple martinis and dancing to tunes mixed by the DJs Miss Guy and Angelica Morrow.

The Raven's Creative Director, Henry Stimler, was on hand to oversee the evening's festivities, and saw to it that Rock's birthday cake was over the top, with bright sparklers that lit up the room as it was carried through the club by a sultry bottle service babe in a latex mini dress. Stimler is the nightlife impresario whose kosher restaurant, The J Soho, has taken observant dining to new heights of glam. As with his restaurant, where the walls are full of tongue-in-cheek artistic homages to famous Jews in the worlds of film, politics, music and comedy, The Raven is adorned with ironic works of art that riff on the self importance of the art world. One huge painting is a Basquiat imitation that impishly declares it is not a Basquiat. A collection of embellished skulls locked away behind glass in the restroom are reminiscent of the work of Damien Hirst.

Widely known as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", Rock's most recent book, Genesis Publication's "Transformer" is a signed limited edition of text and photographs that follows musician Lou Reed's trajectory from the underground to the mainstream. The book is a collaboration between the photographer and the late Lou Reed, who passed away on October 27th of this year, with text that is a no holds barred discussion between the two artists as they reminisce about their friendship and days of staying awake for nights on end creating visuals and discussing poetry.

The Raven

55 Gansevoort Street

New York, NY 10011

212 584 9690

www.ravenclubnyc.com

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