Grammy Museum Photographer Mark Weiss
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Photographer Mark Weiss Contributes To The Heavy Metal Exhibit At The Grammy Museum
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You always remember your first.

For Photographer Mark “Weissguy” Weiss, the first album cover he shot just happened to be Twisted Sister's historic, multi-platinum Stay Hungry. The 1984 album brought us the two rock anthems We're Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock.

How do you top the shockingly memorable image of Dee Snider, screaming and crouching with a rotting giant bone in his clutches? When Weiss was asked to create and photograph Twisted Sister’s follow up album, Come Out and Play, it was a no-holds-barred art director’s dream. Weiss concocted a textured manhole cover design that opened to reveal a novel “pop up” mummy-wrapped Dee Snider resplendent with sharpened teeth, emerging from beneath the pavement.

In September of 1985, a 1,000 pound manhole cover was custom-made with the Twisted Sister “TS” logo by Weiss’ dad, who also supplied a fully constructed street in Weiss’ NYC studio, for Dee to emerge from. After the shoot both items remained in his NJ garage for 27 years, until April 1st, 2012, when the manhole cover was loaded onto an 18 wheeler for the cross-country trek to its ultimate destination of honor at the Golden Gods: History of Heavy Metal exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA, which opened on April 11th, 2012.

The truly heavy piece of metal history arrived last week to be displayed along with other heavy metal artifacts, including several of Weiss’ iconic photographs from the era. These photographs are taken from Mark’s Weiss’ extensive collection of rock’s most enduring images from the Decade of Decadence.

For more on this truly heavy metal piece of music history and its cross country journey to the Grammy Museum, please click here.

Mark Weiss’ collaboration and history with the iconic rockers he worked with almost 3 decades ago comes full circle this year, with the recent completion of Dee Snider’s release, Dee Does Broadway, as well as Lita Ford’s new CD, Living Like a Runaway, both photographed and art directed by Weiss. Working with two of rock’s legendary performers again, Weiss says, “I have always been there for the artists who were there for me when I began my career. We’ve all had and continue to have, peaks and valleys to overcome in our personal and professional lives. Without their loyalty and belief in my craft, I would have never been able to continue making my rock ‘n roll dreams a reality.”

For more information about Mark Weiss and his iconic photographs, please visit