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Bob Gruen's Studio - Blondie - Max's KC 1977

Written by Randy Patterson

 

About Bob Gruen

Baby boomers have seen and admired the work of Bob Gruen ever since his initial work with Ike and Tina Turner back in 1970. Since that time, Bob has not only photographed some of the most iconic people in rock music, many of his photos have become iconic, as well.

Bob has been a friend to Boomerocity since 2010 when we first interviewed him (here). The interview was so well received that none other than his dear friend, Yoko Ono, posted it on her website (here). It only seems natural to feature some of his work here on Boomerocity. Whether the images are those you have seen countless times or ones that have rarely been seen by the public, Bob’s photos presented here on Boomerocity will bring back memories and smiles.

You can own your own authorized copy of these and other images by visiting BobGruen.com.

You can also read our other interviews with Bob here and here as well as read more about his accomplishments here.

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Blondie. Who can forget this great band who blasted their way onto the music scene right smack dab in the middle of the seventies?

Fronted by former Playboy Bunny, Debbie Harry, the band was catapulted to fame and superstardom and Boomerocity friend and iconic rock photographer, Bob Gruen, was there from the git-go, as has often been the case for him and many music legends.

Bob provides some fascinating insights (and explains in great detail) in the video on this page how he first met Debbie Harry when she was in a band called the Stilettoes. Bob shares how the assignment to photograph that band in action at New York City’s CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City led to a strong friendship with Debbie that continues to last to this day.

Watch it. Tell your friends about it. After watching it, please consider ordering your own official copy of this historic photo directly from Bob by clicking here.

Click On The Video Below To Listen To Bob's Story Behind This Iconic Photo!  

You Are At The Right Place With Bob Gruen & Boomerocity!

rightplacerighttimecoverThe foundation of most successful people is being at the right place at the right time. That is certainly the case with our dear friend and renowned rock photographer, Bob Gruen. For over fifty years he has photographically documented the music scene with photographs that have become as iconic as the legendary artists in them.

Over the years, Bob has shared his photographs in a variety of books and Boomerocity is proud to have most of them in its own library. Naturally, with word of yet another amazing book being released by Gruen, we are stoked!

The book is entitled, "Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer" (Abrams Press; October 20, 2020). It is Bob’s “first memoir of his winding, adventure-filled journey.” In it he shares with us such stories as his intimate visits to John and Yoko’s apartment in New York City; having backstage access with KISS; being there in the early days with Blondie’s Debbie Harry; being on the bus with the during the ill-fated US tour of the Sex Pistols; being on the road with Ike and Tina Turner; inside CBGB and many other amazing stories.

Of course, no book by Bob Gruen would be complete without him sharing some of his amazing photographs. He does exactly that with some iconic and never-before-published images that offer a unique peek into the last five decades of the evolution of American music culture.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out what some of Bob’s friends have to say about this book:

“Bob has seen it all, lived the life, and he doesn’t hold back in this book.” —Billie Joe Armstrong

“Bob catches those explosive, signature moments that every photographer hopes to get.” —Debbie Harry

“Bob Gruen has been a witness to many of the greatest moments in rock and roll’s history.” —Jakob Dylan

“Bob is the guy behind the camera who you actually like! He brings out your best cool.” —Iggy Pop

You can order your copy by clicking on the photo of the book at the top. With the holidays just right around the corner, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer is the perfect gift for that music nut or photography buff on your gift list so go ahead and order extra copies.

 

 

 

 

 

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