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September to December '08 - Update
This fall has been one of my busiest times. Following the very successful 'Rockers' exhibition at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York, and the opening of an exhibition in Mexico City and then another at the Liss Gallery in Toronto, I went to Paris, London, Los Angeles and back to Mexico to promote my new book 'New York Dolls - Photographs by Bob Gruen'. There were book signings and more openings, a big birthday party and great live shows to go to in between. Check it all out below!
 
 
Sept. 18 - The exhibition and book signing at Liss Gallery in Toronto had over 70 of my photos and the opening drew a big crowd.

Elizabeth and I relax in the 'teenage bedroom' part of the Toronto exhibit.
 

Sept. 22 -London- At MOJO magazine I said hello to editor Phil Alexander and art director Mark Wagstaff and thanked them for doing such a nice job laying out my Clash at Shea Staduim photos.

Gordon McHarg showed me his 'Subway Gallery' at the underpass below Edgware Rd/Harrow Rd crossing in London, and I got a photo of him in front of the display he made of Joe Strummer's comment.
 


Sept. 25 - In Paris I had a chance to have lunch and catch up with Mick Jones and Tony James who were there promoting their new Carbon Silicon CD.


My friend Bruno Blum gave me a ride around Paris on his motorbike, which was pretty exciting. Then he was off to the African country of Eritrea to produce music with some local musicians there.


Oct. 3 - There was a signing event for my New York Dolls book at the International Center for Photography in New York. We drew the largest crowd they've ever had and sold out all the books available!


'The New York Dolls - Photographs by Bob Gruen' came out so well and is such a great success thanks to the team from Harry Abrams publishers, above publicist Claire Bamundo, and editors Tamar Brazis and Charlie Kochman. Thank You!!

 
Oct. 5 - Barry Samuels at the Golden Notebook store in Woodstock, NY, held a signing event for my book.

A highlight of the Woodstock event was a chance to say hello to Ed Sanders, who I first saw in the band the Fugs, who inspired the New York Dolls and so many more.



Madonna played at Madison Square Garden. In this show she has a chance to play the guitar, and check out her metal bra, made by Michael Schmidt.


Jesse Malin was joined onstage by Moby when he played at a benefit at the Highline.

 


Oct. 11 - Sam Milgram and Richard Horowitz welcome me to the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Los Angeles for my exhibition and book signing there.


Sex Pistol Steve Jones had me as a guest on his 'Joney's Jukebox' radio show and we had a great freewheeling conversation and played some good records.

 


I also got to meet another Sex Pistol in Los Angeles when I went to dinner with drummer Paul Cook.


My friend, comedian Richard Lewis came to the opening of my exhibition at Morrison Hotel Gallery.
 


Original Blondie members Frankie Infante and Clem Burke at the LA opening. They are both big NY Dolls fans and knew them well.


Annie Flanders came to say hi and get a look at the photos on display.
 
It was fun to catch up with old friends Howie Pyro, Rodney Bingenheimer and Hellen Killer at the LA opening.


Musician Dave Stewart and top rock photographer Henry Diltz, who is one of the owners of the Morrison Hotel Gallery. Dave recently had an exhibition of his photos at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York.

 


My photographer colleagues Richie Aaron and Neal Preston came by the opening to see my exhibition and checked out my new book.


Linda Ramone came to the opening with her boyfriend, singer JD King and invited us to her house in the hills. It's so nice and sunny in LA!
 
While in Los Angeles I saw Tina Turner at the Staples Center. She sang 'We don't need another hero', and as long as we have Tina who needs another hero?

Tina Turner's show proved that she is 'Simply the Best!'
 
Oct. 23 - Coinciding with the release of my new book "New York Dolls - Photographs by Bob Gruen" all girl New York Dolls tribute band Prima Ballerina led by Tammy Faye Starlight played at my birthday party at the R Bar in New York. The highlight of the night came when original New York Doll, Sylvain Sylvain, joined them onstage and played the Dolls hit 'Trash'.

At my birthday party we had a big cake with a copy of the drawing Keith Haring made for me on it. It was a good thing the cake was so big because there were a lot of people at the party and by the end the cake was all gone.

 
After her set Tammy Faye said hello and thanks for letting her band play at the party. I said thank you to her, and told her the band's set was the highlight of the party.

Marky Ramone came by with birthday wishes.
 
Lenny Kaye gives me a big birthday hug. Lenny and I are like 'brothers from different mothers'.

Jesse Malin with New York Doll Steve Conte at my party at R Bar.
 


Victoria Wallace and Joey Ramone's brother, Mickey Leigh at my party.


I get a big birthday hello from 'Sex Slave' Eric Sanchez
 


Gerb, Ethel Seno, Carlo McCormick, Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver outside the R Bar.


DJ to the stars Uncle Mike had the party rockin' and people were dancing all night, Thanks Mike!
 
Oct. 28 - Then it was off to Monterrey, Mexico for an exhibition and talk at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. The trip started with a press confrence.

The exhibition was set up by my friend Fernando Aceves, the best rock photographer in Mexico. We went for a drive outside Monterrey and came across the 'Woodstock Park' a Rock and Roll cantina in the desert!
 


I gave a talk in a big hall at the university which was attended by over 600 people. After my talk I signed books and flyers for 2 hours.


The presentation of my photos was very elegant. People waited up to an hour to get into the exhibit.

 
Oct. 30 - The Good Rats played at their induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.


At the induction ceremony for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, I had a chance to say hello to legendary Shangri-La singer, Mary Weiss

 
Nov. 12 - For those about to rock, AC/DC salutes you, at Madison Square Garden.

Nov. 13 - Butch Walker played at the Blender theater and the crowd loved him and his band.

 

Nov. 22- Joe Strummer's widow, Lucinda Mellor married Mike Garland and we went to their reception at the Mondrian in London. .He's a charming, successful businessman and she seems very happy now.

After Luce and Mike's reception we hung out at the Groucho Club with Don Letts, Mick Jones, Patti Palladin and Paul Simonon.

 

Nov. 24 - Lordi played a monstrous show at the Fillmore East @ Iriving Plaza and the crowd roared back.

Nov. 26 - Hubert Sumlin celebrated his 79th birthday at BB Kings Club with an all-star band that included David Johansen.

 

Dec. 2 - At the opening of the New York Annex of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I congratulated Craig Inciardi for organizing the exhibits, which include many of my photos.

Lenny Kaye and I say hi to Jim Henke, director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's very cool that there is a branch of the museum in New York.

 
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein played a short and fun set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex opening.

A few days after the opening I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Annex with my good friend from Japan, Rock Star Yuya Yuchida. One day he should be part of the exhibit.
 
Dec. 11 - At the lunchbox benefit for The Food Bank for New York City I showed my design to Michael Stipe, one of the organizers of the event.

Dec.20 - The fastastic Labelle started their reunion tour at the famous Apollo Theater. Faced with a power failure in the fourth song, they finished the show singing without microphones and rescheduled the full show for the next night. They are amazing!

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