MOJO Magazine’s Honours List Awards

June 23, 2004 – London – MOJO Magazine held the first annual “MOJO Honours List Awards” ceremony in London. It was attended by an incredible group of winners, including Mick Jones for the Clash; Jimmy Page for Led Zeppelin; Noel Gallagher for Oasis; Ray Davies; James Brown (the “Godfather of Soul”); Sting; Morrissey; Television; Red Hot Chili Peppers; Roger McGuinn; Alvin Lee and me!

Bob Gruen, London - 2004
Bob Gruen, London - 2004

I felt quite proud to receive the award for “Classic Images” for my years of Rock and Roll photography. In my acceptance speech I said, “This is a big surprise and a real pleasure. I’ve been to many music business awards ceremonies and I’ve never seen a photographer get an award. I want to thank first my mother, not only for creating me but also for teaching me photography when I was only 4 years old, and she even printed the first photos I sold when I was 11. I thank my agent Virginia Lohle who keeps me in touch with MOJO and all the other magazines around the world. Thanks to the people who kept me organized all these years, particularly Karla Merrifield and Linda Rowe. And my wife Elizabeth who inspires me every day , and my son Kris who is a paying subscriber of MOJO (I hope he voted for me). And I couldn’t have done what I did without the great people I worked with, starting with Ike and Tina Turner; Yoko Ono and John Lennon; David Johansen and The New York Dolls; The Clash, especially Joe Strummer who encouraged me to always see something unique and beautiful in everything I look at. And I know if John Lennon were here today he wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to say, ‘War is over if you want it, so please give peace a chance!’ Thank you very much.”

It felt surreal to be congratulated by my hero, Kinks front man Ray Davies who won the Songwriters award.

It felt surreal to be congratulated by my hero, Kinks front man Ray Davies who won the Songwriters award.

Ray Davies of The Kinks and Bob Gruen during the MOJO Honours List Awards at Whitehall in London, England. June 23, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

I was also patted on the back by presenter Carl Barat of the Libertines and award winner Noel Gallagher.

Carl Barat, Bob Gruen & Noel Gallagher, London - 2004
I was also patted on the back by presenter Carl Barat of the Libertines and award winner Noel Gallagher.
I was also patted on the back by presenter Carl Barat of the Libertines and award winner Noel Gallagher.

(L-R) Carl Barat of The Libertines, Bob Gruen and Noel Gallagher of Oasis during the MOJO Honours List Awards at Whitehall in London, England. June 23, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Earlier in the week I saw old friends Chrissie Hynde and Sir Bob Geldof at the NY Dolls reunion show.

Earlier in the week I saw old friends Chrissie Hynde and Sir Bob Geldof at the NY Dolls reunion show.

(L-R) Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Bob Gruen and Sir Bob Geldof during the New York Dolls reunion show at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

During the NY Dolls sound check, I sat for a while with Morrissey and his manager Jed (on left) and Royal Festival Hall Director Glenn Max.

During the NY Dolls sound check, I sat for a while with Morrissey and his manager Jed (on left) and Royal Festival Hall Director Glenn Max.

(L-R) Jed, Morrissey, Bob Gruen and Glenn Max during the New York Dolls soundcheck at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. June 16, 2004. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com