Sao Paulo Trip

Sao Paulo, Brazil – May 2007 – I had a great time on my trip to Sao Paulo to oversee the installation of my photos at FAAP. I went to some rock clubs and met people on the scene there. I felt very comfortable  in Sao Paulo and many times I was reminded of the feeling of New York in the 1970’s when things were more DIY and people believed in themselves and had fun.

They were just starting to build the exhibition when I got there on May 3rd.

They were just starting to build the exhibition when I got there on May 3rd.

Installation of 'Rockers' at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 3, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Tito has built a new night club called Tirana Club and when I went he played with his band Wash.

Tito has built a new night club called Tirana Club and when I went he played with his band Wash.

Wash on stage at Tirana Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 4, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

It was cool to see that my book 'Rockers', the catalogue of the exhibition, was on display in the local stores.

It was cool to see that my book ‘Rockers’, the catalogue of the exhibition, was on display in the local stores.

'Rockers' catalogue at a bookstore in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 4, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

My book editor, Alexandre Barbosa De Souza, took me to the Berlin Club where I met Indayara, the promoter of the evening.

Bob Gruen & Indayara, Sao Paulo - 2007
My book editor, Alexandre Barbosa De Souza, took me to the Berlin Club where I met Indayara, the promoter of the evening.
My book editor, Alexandre Barbosa De Souza, took me to the Berlin Club where I met Indayara, the promoter of the evening.

Bob Gruen and Indayara at the Berlin Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 5, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

At the Berlin Club I enjoyed the set played by DJ Vanessa Porto, (left in photo) and after the show her friend Olivia Camaigo (on the right) helped translate and Vanessa invited me to be a guest DJ later in the week.

At the Berlin Club I enjoyed the set played by DJ Vanessa Porto, (left in photo) and after the show her friend Olivia Camaigo (on the right) helped translate and Vanessa invited me to be a guest DJ later in the week.

Vanessa Porto and Olivia Camaigo at the Berlin Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 6, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Then Olivia drove me, and Vanessa rode with singer Tiago Moreli. They took me to see the Funhouse club and I agreed to try being a guest DJ there.

Vanessa Porto & Tiago Moreli, Sao Paulo - 2007
Then Olivia drove me, and Vanessa rode with singer Tiago Moreli. They took me to see the Funhouse club and I agreed to try being a guest DJ there.
Then Olivia drove me, and Vanessa rode with singer Tiago Moreli. They took me to see the Funhouse club and I agreed to try being a guest DJ there.

Vanessa Porto and Tiago Moreli in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 5, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

I went to visit my publisher Cosac & Naify and congratulated the book editor Alexandre Barbosa De Souza and art director Flavia Castanheira for creating such a beautiful book. It has a double cover making a portfolio of photos from one side and flipping to a catalog of the exhibition from the other.

Alexandre Barbosa De Souza, Bob Gruen & Flavia Castanheira, Sao Paulo - 2007
I went to visit my publisher Cosac & Naify and congratulated the book editor Alexandre Barbosa De Souza and art director Flavia Castanheira for creating such a beautiful book. It has a double cover making a portfolio of photos from one side and flipping to a catalog of the exhibition from the other.
I went to visit my publisher Cosac & Naify and congratulated the book editor Alexandre Barbosa De Souza and art director Flavia Castanheira for creating such a beautiful book. It has a double cover making a portfolio of photos from one side and flipping to a catalog of the exhibition from the other.

(L-R) Alexandre Barbosa De Souza, Bob Gruen and Flavia Castanheira at Cosac & Naify in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 7, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Meanwhile the construction of the installation was continuing with the building of three large video screens, the backstage area and the teenage bedroom.

Meanwhile the construction of the installation was continuing with the building of three large video screens, the backstage area and the teenage bedroom.

Installation of 'Rockers' at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 7, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Fernanda introduced me to Clifford Ming Teh Li who is owner of a nightclub/restaurant called the Na Mata Café that houses the Sao Paulo branch of the Leica camera gallery, and we talked about possible sales of my photos there.

Fernanda introduced me to Clifford Ming Teh Li who is owner of a nightclub/restaurant called the Na Mata Café that houses the Sao Paulo branch of the Leica camera gallery, and we talked about possible sales of my photos there.

Clifford Ming The Li and Fernanda Celidonio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 8, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

I visited Antoine and the staff at Labtec where the large prints for the exhibition were being made.

I visited Antoine and the staff at Labtec where the large prints for the exhibition were being made.

Antoine and staff working at Labtec in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

On Wednesday night I went to the Funhouse to meet Vanessa and after a few minutes showing me where the switches were, she set me loose to DJ. I keep the place loud and lively with Rock & Roll for the next hour and had the best time I've had in a long time!

On Wednesday night I went to the Funhouse to meet Vanessa and after a few minutes showing me where the switches were, she set me loose to DJ. I keep the place loud and lively with Rock & Roll for the next hour and had the best time I’ve had in a long time!

Bob Gruen at Funhouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Supla, Vanessa & Indayara had smiles almost as big as mine when we left! Vanessa had described being a DJ by saying: "You get in free, you play all YOUR favorite songs very loud on a great sound system, you drink for free all night and everyone likes you". I figured I could do that.

Supla, Vanessa & Indayara had smiles almost as big as mine when we left! Vanessa had described being a DJ by saying: “You get in free, you play all YOUR favorite songs very loud on a great sound system, you drink for free all night and everyone likes you”. I figured I could do that.

(L-R) Supla, Vanessa Porto and Indayara at Funhouse in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

One day I woke up and saw a rainbow over the Estadio Municipal, next to my hotel (where I saw the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan in 1998).

One day I woke up and saw a rainbow over the Estadio Municipal, next to my hotel (where I saw the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan in 1998).

Rainbow over Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

That afternoon the Pope came and gave a mass at the same stadium.

The Pope, Sao Paulo - 2007
That afternoon the Pope came and gave a mass at the same stadium.
That afternoon the Pope came and gave a mass at the same stadium.

Pope Benedict XVI riding through the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 10, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

When the photo prints started to arrive I was amazed at how good they looked.

Bob Gruen, Sao Paulo - 2007
When the photo prints started to arrive I was amazed at how good they looked.
When the photo prints started to arrive I was amazed at how good they looked.

Bob Gruen at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 10, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Adriana checked the details as the crew worked on building the installation.

Adriana Guivo & Workers, Sao Paulo - 2007
Adriana checked the details as the crew worked on building the installation.
Adriana checked the details as the crew worked on building the installation.

Adriana Guivo and workers during the installation of 'Rockers' at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 10, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The working crew from the Department of Photography Gabriel Vallejo, Adriana Guivo, and Fernando Silveira took a break to pose for a photo with me.

The working crew from the Department of Photography Gabriel Vallejo, Adriana Guivo,
and Fernando Silveira took a break to pose for a photo with me.

(L-R) Gabriel Vallejo, Adriana Guivo, Bob Gruen and Fernando Silveira at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 10, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

TV personality Didi came to interview me and Supla and I took a photo of them posing like John and Yoko in the picture on display behind them.

TV personality Didi came to interview me and Supla and I took a photo of them posing like John and Yoko in the picture on display behind them.

Didi and Supla after an interview at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 11, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

When Supla and I went to the Inferno club to see Bionica we were surprised to see an opening band that we really liked, the Boom Boom Girls.

The Boom Boom Girls, Sao Paulo - 2007
When Supla and I went to the Inferno club to see Bionica we were surprised to see an opening band that we really liked, the Boom Boom Girls.
When Supla and I went to the Inferno club to see Bionica we were surprised to see an opening band that we really liked, the Boom Boom Girls.

The Boom Boom Girls on stage at Inferno in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 11, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

At the Inferno, Bionica singer Joana C4 looks good with a blindfold, as they played a real rockin' set!

At the Inferno, Bionica singer Joana C4 looks good with a blindfold, as they played a real rockin’ set!

Bionica on stage at Inferno in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 11, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Inferno club owner Joey poses for a photo with Marcos, who told me he's the 'Uruguayan Iggy Pop'!

Inferno club owner Joey poses for a photo with Marcos, who told me he’s the ‘Uruguayan Iggy Pop’!

Joey and Marcos at Inferno in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 11, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Bob and DJ Kid Vinyl at the CB club. He has the largest record collection in Sao Paulo.

Bob Gruen & DJ Kid Vinyl, Sao Paulo - 2007
Bob and DJ Kid Vinyl at the CB club. He has the largest record collection in Sao Paulo.
Bob and DJ Kid Vinyl at the CB club. He has the largest record collection in Sao Paulo.

Bob Gruen and DJ Kid Vinyl during the after party at CB in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 15, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

On Saturday night I got to see Supla's new TV job on Viva a Notie. He wore a wig he found in Los Angeles and told everyone it's the latest LA fad.

On Saturday night I got to see Supla’s new TV job on Viva a Notie. He wore a wig he found in Los Angeles and told everyone it’s the latest LA fad.

Supla hosting "Viva a Noite" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 12, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Supla does a couple of segments on the Viva a Noite show, this one with a soccer superstar and a kid from the same poor background as the superstar who hopes to someday be like him.

Supla, Sao Paulo - 2007
Supla does a couple of segments on the Viva a Noite show, this one with a soccer superstar and a kid from the same poor background as the superstar who hopes to someday be like him.
Supla does a couple of segments on the Viva a Noite show, this one with a soccer superstar and a kid from the same poor background as the superstar who hopes to someday be like him.

Supla hosting "Viva a Noite" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 12, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

On Sunday May 13, Kris, Linda, Hanna and Elizabeth arrived in Sao Palo. My mom came too but her plane was delayed by rain so she arrived Sunday night.

Kris Gruen, Linda Rowe, Hanna Toresson & Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen, Sao Paulo - 2007
On Sunday May 13, Kris, Linda, Hanna and Elizabeth arrived in Sao Palo. My mom came too but her plane was delayed by rain so she arrived Sunday night.
On Sunday May 13, Kris, Linda, Hanna and Elizabeth arrived in Sao Palo. My mom came too but her plane was delayed by rain so she arrived Sunday night.

(L-R) Kris Gruen, Linda Rowe, Hanna Toresson and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen arriving in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 13, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sunday was Mother's day and Supla's dad, Senador Eduardo Suplicy invited us to come to meet his mother. I took this photo of the three generations for them.

Sunday was Mother’s day and Supla’s dad, Senador Eduardo Suplicy invited us to come to meet his mother. I took this photo of the three generations for them.

Senador Eduardo Suplicy, his mother and Supla in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 12, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

On Monday, May 14th I gave a tour of the exhibition to the students who act a guides.

On Monday, May 14th I gave a tour of the exhibition to the students who act a guides.

Bob Gruen and Supla giving a talk to students at the 'Rockers' exhibit at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 14, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Most of the construction was done and we were down to taking care of the details.

Most of the construction was done and we were down to taking care of the details.

Setting up the 'Rockers' exhibit at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 13, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

When Rodrigo came to interview me for his TV spot he showed me his John Lennon tattoos, including these lyrics "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

When Rodrigo came to interview me for his TV spot he showed me his John Lennon tattoos, including these lyrics “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.

Rodrigo at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 14, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Workers assembled the glass cases to hold memorabilia and artifacts from my career.

Workers assembled the glass cases to hold memorabilia and artifacts from my career.

Putting together the 'Rockers' exhibit at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 15, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

There's a farmer's market in front of the stadium down the block where Elizabeth and I shared a coconut.

There’s a farmer’s market in front of the stadium down the block where Elizabeth and I shared a coconut.

Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen and Bob Gruen at a farmers market in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 14, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Fernanda, Supla and l look over the last minute details.

Fernanda Celidonio, Bob Gruen & Supla, Sao Paulo - 2007
Fernanda, Supla and l look over the last minute details.
Fernanda, Supla and l look over the last minute details.

(L-R) Fernanda Celidonio, Bob Gruen and Supla before the 'Rockers' opening at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 15, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The students who will act as guides wear this shirt, armband and suspenders designed by Tito.

Tour Guide, Sao Paulo - 2007
The students who will act as guides wear this shirt, armband and suspenders designed by Tito.
The students who will act as guides wear this shirt, armband and suspenders designed by Tito.

Student tour guide for the 'Rockers' exhibit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 16, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After the opening Vanessa Porto hung out with us at the CB club, and we partied till dawn.

After the opening Vanessa Porto hung out with us at the CB club, and we partied till dawn.

Vanessa Porto and Bob Gruen during the after party at CB in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 15, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

At the after party at CB everyone had a lot to drink and people were congratulating me and trying to get me to dance.

At the after party at CB everyone had a lot to drink and people were congratulating me and trying to get me to dance.

Bob Gruen during the after party at CB in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 15, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

When the power went out for a few minutes, it didn't bother anyone. The bartender just pored some booze on the bar and lit it! and without the records playing, people just started singing.

When the power went out for a few minutes, it didn’t bother anyone. The bartender just pored some booze on the bar and lit it! and without the records playing, people just started singing.

Supla during the after party at CB in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 15, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The next morning Supla played soccer for the MTV Rock Goal show, but hurt his leg when the goalie rolled into him.

Supla, Sao Paulo - 2007
The next morning Supla played soccer for the MTV Rock Goal show, but hurt his leg when the goalie rolled into him.
The next morning Supla played soccer for the MTV Rock Goal show, but hurt his leg when the goalie rolled into him.

Supla during the MTV Rock Goal event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 16, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After dinner Hanna took off with Supla for a late night motorcycle tour of Sao Paulo.

Hanna Toresson & Supla, Sao Paulo - 2007
After dinner Hanna took off with Supla for a late night motorcycle tour of Sao Paulo.
After dinner Hanna took off with Supla for a late night motorcycle tour of Sao Paulo.

Hanna Toresson and Supla in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 16, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Dr. Bias invited me to his office for lunch and told me how pleased the university was with the success of my exhibition.

Dr, Bias, Sao Paulo - 2007
Dr. Bias invited me to his office for lunch and told me how pleased the university was with the success of my exhibition.
Dr. Bias invited me to his office for lunch and told me how pleased the university was with the success of my exhibition.

Dr. Bias at his office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 16, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

On Saturday night we watched Viva a Noite to see Supla's segment on me and my exhibition.

On Saturday night we watched Viva a Noite to see Supla’s segment on me and my exhibition.

Supla and Bob Gruen on "Viva a Noite" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 19, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Then we took a few days off to relax in Bahia, in the northern part of Brazil.

Bahia - 2007
Then we took a few days off to relax in Bahia, in the northern part of Brazil.
Then we took a few days off to relax in Bahia, in the northern part of Brazil.

A beach in Bahia, Brazil. May 19, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After all the attention I was getting, I felt like I could walk on water!

Bob Gruen, Bahia - 2007
After all the attention I was getting, I felt like I could walk on water!
After all the attention I was getting, I felt like I could walk on water!

Bob Gruen walking on the beach in Bahia, Brazil. May 19, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

 

 

Click here to see photos of the 'Rockers' exhibit.

Click here to see photos of the ‘Rockers’ exhibit.

'Rockers' exhibit at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Click here to see photos from the 'Rockers' exhibit opening.

Click here to see photos from the ‘Rockers’ exhibit opening.

(L-R) Marta Suplicy, Supla, Bob Gruen, Celita Procopio de Carvalho, Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen, Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen, Senador Eduardo Suplicy and Kris Gruen during the opening of 'Rockers' at FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. May 15, 2007. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com