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Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll. From Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones; Elvis to James Brown; Bob Dylan to Bob Marley; John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, he has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition. Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend, making photos of their working life as well as private moments. In 1974 he created the iconic images of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt and, standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign – two of the most popular of Lennon’s images. Bob has worked with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss & Alice Cooper. In 1989, he documented the epic trip to Russia of the ‘Moscow Music Peace Festival’ featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. For many years Bob was the official photographer for the New York New Music Seminar, covering dozens of aspiring new bands in the course of a summer week. As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the ’70s, Bob specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie. This seminal body of work reflects a profound commitment and long-standing personal friendship with the artists. His wealth of personal experiences and uncanny memory provide the most illuminating and comprehensive histories of rock youth culture. In June, 2004, in London, Bob was presented with MOJO Magazine’s prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image. FAAP Museu de Arte Brasileira in Sao Paulo, Brazil, held an extensive exhibition of the work of Bob Gruen in 2007. Titled “ROCKERS” the large multi-media installation featured more than 270 photos from Gruen’s catalogue, arranged in nine areas with six different background soundtracks. More than 40,000 visitors went to see it. A 221 page catalog book of the exhibition, titled “ROCKERS”, has been published in Portuguese and English by Cosac & Naify Edições Ltda of Sao Paulo. The ‘ROCKERS’ exhibition took place in New York City on the Bowery in the space that used to be the gallery at CBGB.
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Photo Exhibits include:
Morrison Hotel Gallery, New York,NY, La Jolla, CA and Tokyo, Japan A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA The Govinda Gallery, Washington, DC The Special Photographers Gallery, London, UK Mitsukoshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan FAAP Museu de Arte Brasileira in Sao Paulo, Brazil V!P Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City His ‘Sid Vicious with Hot Dog’ photo was acquired in 1999 by The National Portrait Gallery, London, for their permanent collection. Bob receives numerous invitations to give LECTURE/SLIDE SHOWS, he has presented at: The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC New York University Savannah College of Art and Design Hawaii Pacific University Tokyo Communications College – Japan The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleaveland Eastman Kodak New York headquarters The City University of New York International Society of Photographers convention Las Vegas Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago
BOOKS by Bob Gruen
For 40 years, Bob Gruen’s name has been synonymous with rock and roll. From taking early photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner and capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene, to hanging out with John and Yoko and covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day, Gruen has always been at the right place at the right time—and he’s always gotten the shot. In his latest book ‘Rock Seen’, Gruen has curated his favorite photographs from his career and paired them with intimate captions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. This lavish monograph features such illustrious acts as the Clash, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and much more, and includes an introduction by the legendary Debbie Harry of Blondie. The official monograph of rock and roll’s most famous photographer, Rock Seen is a must-have for all rock fans.The New York Dolls, Photographs by Bob Gruen’ was published in Oct. 2008 by Harry Abrams Company. Formed in New York City in 1971, the New York Dolls prefigured Punk, New Wave, and Glam Metal Rock with their over-the-top style and their ingenious sound, setting the tone for many rock bands that would later come on the scene.
The photographs we find in Rockers, published in 2007 bring us some of the atmosphere and spirit that Gruen was only able to capture throughout his years of work because of his close friendship and respect for the artists he photographed, and his deep involvement with the culture of his time”. This book has two different ‘front’ covers and therefore two ways you can approach your visit to this edition: open the cover from one side and you’ll find a panorama of all the 274 photos displayed at the corresponding exhibition that took place in the city of São Paulo grouped together. Turn the book over and 144 enlargements provide a detailed look into situations experienced by some of the greatest icons of three generations of rock ‘n roll.’John Lennon, the New York Years’, was published in the fall of 2005. Publisher’s Weekly review stated, ‘Gruen is THE world’s best rock and roll photographers from the legendary shot of Lennon on a rooftop clad in the now iconic New York t-shirt to a heart-wrenching shot of a young Sean Lennon curled up in Yoko’s bed not long after John’s murder, both Lennon’s and Gruen’s geniuses are exhibited here.’ ‘The Clash, Photographs by Bob Gruen’ (Music Sales, 2004) ‘Chaos, the Sex Pistols’ (Music Sales, 1991) ‘Sometime in New York City’ with Yoko Ono (Genesis, Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition, 1995) ‘Crossfire Hurricane, 25 Years of the Rolling Stones’ (Genesis, Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition, 1998, – sold out in record time!)
Most recently Bob has photographed the New York Dolls reunion, Jesse Malin, Ryan Adams, Courtney Love, Patti Smith & Lou Reed with Yoko Ono’s Japan benefit; Green Day, B.A.D.; Brian Wilson; Fab Five Freddy & Shepard Fairey and many more.
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