I deeply miss my friend Joe Strummer. He was the strongest of men, a real inspirational leader, a guy who never seemed to tire of listening to people and talking to them, learning and teaching all the time. He had true compassion for everyone he met. He was the nicest and also the most fun loving person I’ve known.
Iggy Pop, NYC – 1996Iggy Pop has the best stomach muscles in Rock & Roll, he looks good just standing still.R-251 Iggy Pop, NY – 2010C-235 Iggy Pop, CA – 1974R-370 Iggy Pop, Toronto – 1977R-371 Iggy Pop, Cyrinda Foxe, David Bowie & Lisa Robinson, NYC – 1977R-403 Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, NYC – 1982C-141 Kate Moss, Johnny Depp & Iggy Pop, London – 1996R-458
From my birthday party in the fall to a great exhibition opening in the Spring, it’s been a very good few months filled with great times: Billie Joe Armstrong and Debbie Harry, Lez Zeppelin, Patti Smith, The Sundance Festival (for skiing), then to LA to photograph Gene Simmons, and to Austin for SXSW and ending with an opening at Pop International Galleries with Jim Jarmusch and Allison Mosshart in New York…see below.
October started with an exhibition of my photos in Paris. While I was there I saw a Sean Lennon show, then on the way back to NY, I stopped in Iceland to see Sean lead his mom Yoko Ono’s show: then on to San Francisco for a Buffalo Springfield show and home for my birthday party; then Keith Richards interview at the NY Library and later, in November, I was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame! Quite… read more →
A lot happened in the fall of 2009, starting with a trip to London and Paris, where I’ll be having exhibitions in the coming year. October saw my birthday party and the opening of the ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’ photo show at the Brooklyn Museum, with Blondie playing at the opening party. Also check out David Bryan, Bob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz, Butch Walker, and more…..see below!
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… read more →
Joe Strummer and his band the “Mescaleros” came to New York to play five shows at the new venue “St. Ann’s Warehouse” under the Brooklyn Bridge. What a week it was! The shows were great and we stayed up partying till dawn each night. Joe played new material from the Mescaleros two albums, as well as some old favorites from the Clash days.