Right Place, Right Time: The Life Of A Rock & Roll Photographer
Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and connected photographers in rock and roll. For almost 50 years, he has documented the music scene in pictures that have captured the world’s attention. Right Place, Right Time is Gruen’s ﬁrst written account of his winding, adventure-ﬁlled journey. He takes us on visits to John and Yoko’s apartment, on a cross-country road trip with the Ike and Tina Turner band, to Glasgow with Debbie Harry, backstage with KISS, inside CBGB, and on the bus as he swaps steel-toed boots with Sid Vicious. In wildly entertaining stories and iconic images, Gruen gives the reader a unique window into the evolution of American music culture over the last ﬁve decades.
Available online from… Abrams Books
Bob Gruen’s Rock Seen
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, to capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene to 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 this lavish monograph, Gruen has curated his favorite photographs from his career, with intimate captions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Featuring such illustrious acts as the Clash, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Ramones, and more, and including an introduction by the legendary Debbie Harry of Blondie, this collection is a must-have for all fans of rock and roll.
John Lennon: The New York Years
“John Lennon – The New York Years”, with photos and text by John’s friend, Bob Gruen, tells the story of John Lennon from 1972 to his death in 1980. With over 150 photos, many never published before, and a 25,000 word text by Bob Gruen, it is sure to be very popular. It is available from publisher Stewart Tabori & Chang. You can find it at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com or at a local bookstore.
New York Dolls: Photographs by Bob Gruen
Photographer Bob Gruen offers the first photography collection devoted to the New York Dolls, featuring over two hundred images celebrating their unprecedented style.
Over the course of his career, renowned rock photographer Bob Gruen has captured behind-the-scenes, candid shots of rock’s most famous–John and Yoko, Debbie Harry, Johnny Rotten, Kiss, Patti Smith…and the list goes on and on. Here the cameraman offers up a shiny collection of his priceless images documenting the original platform-wearing glam-ers the New York Dolls. Legs McNeil, author of PLEASE KILL ME, contributes some choice remarks, and Morrissey writes the afterword.
See Hear Yoko
See Hear Yoko captures the rich complexity of Yoko Ono—woman, artist, activist, wife and mother—from her days with John Lennon through the present, with intimate portraits by the legendary rock-and-roll photographer Bob Gruen, and words by Ono herself, edited from conversations with Jody Denberg, rock radio’s “Voice of Austin, Texas.”
Conceived expressly for Yoko Ono as a gift between friends on the occasion of her eightieth birthday, and published at her personal request, See Hear Yoko is legendary rock-and-roll photographer Bob Gruen’s tribute to an icon of contemporary American cultural history, from her days with John Lennon up through the present. Gruen, who served as personal photographer to Lennon and Ono during their years in New York City, has collaborated with his friend, Austin rock radio mainstay Jody Denberg, who edited twenty-five years of interviews with Yoko for the book’s text.
In this breathtaking volume, Gruen has selected more than two-hundred classic color and black-and-white photographs that intimately illuminate the life of Yoko Ono at the height of her fame as a woman, wife, mother and avant-garde artist (who keeps creating, she says, because “That’s who I am.”) Yoko’s role as peace activist and artist underscores the enduring legacy of the era of rock-and-roll. See Hear Yoko reveals a modern woman in love, in ascension, in grief, in joy and in peace.
Lavish and beautiful, mirroring the deeply personal design of the original volume given to Yoko herself, See Hear Yoko brings into focus an extraordinary woman and one of the most memorable periods in modern history.
For more info on Yoko’s work, please check out her page on artsy.net