Summer 2013

'John Lennon: The New York Years' Exhibit, Buenos Aires - 2013

I had an amazing trip in June. Starting out with a week in Buenos Aires where my book ‘John Lennon: The New York Years’ was published in a Spanish edition and celebrated with a huge exhibition. (Click here to see an interview and images from my exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery). Then I flew to Belgium where an exhibition of my photos opened at Fort Napoleon in Ostende (yes, a real fort built by Napoleon!). Then off for a week to visit my friends, punk band ‘The Barb Wire Dolls‘ in Crete, Greece. I stopped in Paris on the way home and finally got to see Pete Doherty and then home in New York in time to see Alice Cooper’s great show at Beacon Theater.

June 14- Buenos Aires - Sebastian Alderete and Dario Lanis were the organizers who made all the connections for a big exhibition of my John Lennon photos at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery.

Sebastian Alderete, Bob Gruen & Dario Lanis, Buenos Aires - 2013
June 14- Buenos Aires - Sebastian Alderete and Dario Lanis were the organizers who made all the connections for a big exhibition of my John Lennon photos at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery.
June 14- Buenos Aires – Sebastian Alderete and Dario Lanis were the organizers who made all the connections for a big exhibition of my John Lennon photos at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery.

(L-R) Sebastian Alderete, Bob Gruen and Dario Lanis in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 14, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 19- Buenos Aires - The mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, came to the opening of my exhibition. When the exhibit ended three weeks later he said that it was the most successful exhibit ever held in Buenos Aires, with an attendance of over 445,000 people!

Bob Gruen & Mayor Mauricio Macri, Buenos Aires - 2013
June 19- Buenos Aires - The mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, came to the opening of my exhibition. When the exhibit ended three weeks later he said that it was the most successful exhibit ever held in Buenos Aires, with an attendance of over 445,000 people!
June 19- Buenos Aires – The mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, came to the opening of my exhibition. When the exhibit ended three weeks later he said that it was the most successful exhibit ever held in Buenos Aires, with an attendance of over 445,000 people!

Bob Gruen and the mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri at the opening of the 'John Lennon: The New York Years' exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 19, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 19 - Buenos Aires - I DJ'd at the opening of the exhibition playing some good rockin' music.

June 19 – Buenos Aires – I DJ’d at the opening of the exhibition playing some good rockin’ music.

Bob Gruen DJing at the 'John Lennon: The New York Years' exhibit opening at Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 19, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 20 - Buenos Aires - Top Argentine rock photographer Nora Lezano took some great photos of me after a workshop and public interview I did in connection with my exhibition.

Bob Gruen & Nora Lezano, Buenos Aires - 2013
June 20 - Buenos Aires - Top Argentine rock photographer Nora Lezano took some great photos of me after a workshop and public interview I did in connection with my exhibition.
June 20 – Buenos Aires – Top Argentine rock photographer Nora Lezano took some great photos of me after a workshop and public interview I did in connection with my exhibition.

Bob Gruen and photographer Nora Lezano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 20, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 19- Buenos Aires - Elio Kapszuk was the curator of the exhibit. He had a full size reproduction of the Imagine Circle - the Italian mosaic in the Strawberry Fields park in New York - made as a centerpiece for the exhibit. He also had the words to Lennon's song, Imagine, written in Spanish and placed all around the walls of the exhibit.

June 19- Buenos Aires – Elio Kapszuk was the curator of the exhibit. He had a full size reproduction of the Imagine Circle – the Italian mosaic in the Strawberry Fields park in New York – made as a centerpiece for the exhibit. He also had the words to Lennon’s song, Imagine, written in Spanish and placed all around the walls of the exhibit.

Bob Gruen and curator Elio Kapszuk at the 'John Lennon: The New York Years' exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 19, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 19 - Buenos Aires - Elio also had the idea to reproduce 90 of my contact prints of Lennon photo sessions for one wall of the exhibit, which was very impressive.

June 19 – Buenos Aires – Elio also had the idea to reproduce 90 of my contact prints of Lennon photo sessions for one wall of the exhibit, which was very impressive.

Bob Gruen looking at the contact sheet wall at his 'John Lennon: The New York Years' exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta Gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 19, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 15 - Buenos Aires - While we were in Buenos Aires my wife Elizabeth and I were treated to a Tango lesson. It was fun but I don't think I learned too much.

June 15 – Buenos Aires – While we were in Buenos Aires my wife Elizabeth and I were treated to a Tango lesson. It was fun but I don’t think I learned too much.

Bob Gruen and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen with dancers at Gala Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 15, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 14 - Buenos Aires - My guitar player friend Jimmy Ripp lives in Buenos Aires now and he let me know that Marky Ramone was in town playing a show there. Marky and his band played a very powerful set to a sold out crowd.

Bob Gruen, Marky Ramone & Jimmy Ripp, Buenos Aires - 2013
June 14 - Buenos Aires - My guitar player friend Jimmy Ripp lives in Buenos Aires now and he let me know that Marky Ramone was in town playing a show there. Marky and his band played a very powerful set to a sold out crowd.
June 14 – Buenos Aires – My guitar player friend Jimmy Ripp lives in Buenos Aires now and he let me know that Marky Ramone was in town playing a show there. Marky and his band played a very powerful set to a sold out crowd.

(L-R) Bob Gruen, Marky Ramone and Jimmy Ripp in Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 14, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 24 - Maastricht, Belgium - Click here to see a cool TV interview by Marcel Vanthilt for my exhibition in Ostende, Belgium.

June 24 – Maastricht, Belgium – Click here to see a cool TV interview by Marcel Vanthilt for my exhibition in Ostende, Belgium.

Marcel Vanthilt and Bob Gruen in Maastricht, Belgium. June 24, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 25- Bruges, Belgium - We visited the master chocolate chef and all-around cool guy Dominique Persoone, check out www.thechocolateline.be

Dominique Persoone, Bruges - 2013
June 25- Bruges, Belgium - We visited the master chocolate chef and all-around cool guy Dominique Persoone, check out www.thechocolateline.be
June 25- Bruges, Belgium – We visited the master chocolate chef and all-around cool guy Dominique Persoone, check out www.thechocolateline.be

Dominique Persoone in Bruges, Belgium. June 25, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 25- Bruges, Belgium - Patti Smith was playing in Bruges when we were there so we had dinner with road manager Andrew Burns and guitarist Lenny Kaye before seeing the show.

June 25- Bruges, Belgium – Patti Smith was playing in Bruges when we were there so we had dinner with road manager Andrew Burns and guitarist Lenny Kaye before seeing the show.

(L-R) Andrew Burns, Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen, Bob Gruen and Lenny Kaye in Bruges, Belgium. June 25, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 26 - Ostende, Belgium - My exhibit was held in a 200 year old fort built by Napoleon with the photos looking very good mounted in the arched hallways. http://angels-ghosts.com

June 26 – Ostende, Belgium – My exhibit was held in a 200 year old fort built by Napoleon with the photos looking very good mounted in the arched hallways. http://angels-ghosts.com

Bob Gruen exhibit at Fort Napoleon in Ostende, Belgium. June 26, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

June 28 - Crete, Greece- Punk rockers, the Barb Wire Dolls invited us to visit them at their home in Crete. We spent most of our time with them on the beach in Iraklion.

Barb Wire Dolls & Bob Gruen, Crete - 2013
June 28 - Crete, Greece- Punk rockers, the Barb Wire Dolls invited us to visit them at their home in Crete. We spent most of our time with them on the beach in Iraklion.
June 28 – Crete, Greece- Punk rockers, the Barb Wire Dolls invited us to visit them at their home in Crete. We spent most of our time with them on the beach in Iraklion.

(L-R) Pyn of Barb Wire Dolls, Bob Gruen, Isis and Krash of Barb Wire Dolls on the beach at Iraklion in Crete, Greece. June 28, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 5- Crete, Greece - the Barb Wire Dolls live in the Ikarus Artist Colony in the ancient town of Avedo in the hills of Crete. It was a great break for us to visit such a remote place. They held a party in our honor so we could meet all their local friends and we had a great time.

Barb Wire Dolls, Crete - 2013
July 5- Crete, Greece - the Barb Wire Dolls live in the Ikarus Artist Colony in the ancient town of Avedo in the hills of Crete. It was a great break for us to visit such a remote place. They held a party in our honor so we could meet all their local friends and we had a great time.
July 5- Crete, Greece – the Barb Wire Dolls live in the Ikarus Artist Colony in the ancient town of Avedo in the hills of Crete. It was a great break for us to visit such a remote place. They held a party in our honor so we could meet all their local friends and we had a great time.

(L-R) Pyn, Isis and Krash of Barb Wire Dolls posing at the Ikarus Artis Colony in Crete, Greece. July 5, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 7- Paris - I visited with Rock & Folk magazine editor Philippe Manoeuvre in Paris and we both wore our white jackets, a good rock & roll summer look.

July 7- Paris – I visited with Rock & Folk magazine editor Philippe Manoeuvre in Paris and we both wore our white jackets, a good rock & roll summer look.

Bob Gruen and Philippe Manoeuvre posing in Paris, France. July 7, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 7- Paris - We went to see Pete Doherty play a free outdoor show in Place de la Republique in Paris. He was surprisingly good considering all the stories of his troubles.

July 7- Paris – We went to see Pete Doherty play a free outdoor show in Place de la Republique in Paris. He was surprisingly good considering all the stories of his troubles.

Pete Doherty on stage at Place de Republique in Paris, France. July 7, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 8 - Paris - Just outside the Pompidou Museum there is a small building reproducing the studio of the artist Brancusi....well worth visiting.

July 8 – Paris – Just outside the Pompidou Museum there is a small building reproducing the studio of the artist Brancusi….well worth visiting.

Reproduction of Brancusi's studio outside the Pompidou Museum in Paris, France. July 8, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

July 18 - New York - Back home in New York Alice Cooper was as good as ever at the Beacon Theatre, acting out all his best hit songs.

Alice Cooper, NYC - 2013
July 18 - New York - Back home in New York Alice Cooper was as good as ever at the Beacon Theatre, acting out all his best hit songs.
July 18 – New York – Back home in New York Alice Cooper was as good as ever at the Beacon Theatre, acting out all his best hit songs.

Alice Cooper on stage at the Beacon Theatre, NYC. July 18, 2013. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com