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    Joe Perry, Keeping Busy: Scoring the Film ‘City of Lies,’ Working on New Album and Participating in a Vatican Health Conference

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    Fans Outraged by Howard Stern’s Summer Off After $500M Sirius XM Deal

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    World Premier: Night Ranger Shares Video for “Bring It All Home To Me” — New Album ‘ATBPO’ Coming 8/6

     

    Sammy Hagar Apologizes for Exposing Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Dark Side’ in Memoir

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    Gene Simmons: Fans ‘Loved’ Fire-Breathing Fail at First Kiss Show

     

    World Premier: Johnny Cash 1968 Carousel Ballroom Live Bootleg Recorded By Owsley Headed For Release

     

    American Landing: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey International Pop Festival

     

    Gary Allan Honors Roots While Embracing Change on New Album, ‘Ruthless’

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    There Will Be No Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic in 2021, But…

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    How an Unused Jimi Hendrix Album Cover Led to Journey’s Scarab

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    Bob Seger Calls Silver Bullet Bassist’s Lawsuit ‘Frivolous’

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    World Premier: Hear David Crosby’s New Donald Fagen-Penned Song ‘Rodriquez for a Night’

     

    New ‘Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends’ Film Collects Early Footage

     

    PETER CRISS Refused To Grant KISS Permission To Use 'Beth' In 'KISStory' Documentary

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    Joni Mitchell Releases ‘Blue 50′ Demos for 50th Anniversary

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    Rick Wakeman Announces Fall 2021 U.S. Tour

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    George Michael Estate Inks Exclusive Global Deal With Sony Music UK’s March Company Kontraband

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    Bob Seger Hints That He’s Done Touring Following Bandmate’s Death

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    Tommy Shaw: On Styx’s New Album ‘Crash of the Crown,’ Songwriting, Critics’ Icy Reception of the Group and Beyond

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    Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman Revisit That Famous ‘SNL’ Fight

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    Done Deal: Pershing Square SPAC Is Buying 10% of Universal Music Group for $4BN

     

    Carmine Appice Says Unreleased 1974 Beck, Bogert & Appice Live Album Recorded in London Is Due Out Soon

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    Brooks & Dunn Are Going On Tour

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    KISS’ Gene Simmons Lobbies Congress to Support Songwriters’ Rights As Part of ASCAP Advocacy Campaign

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    Frank Bonner, of ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ Dead at 79

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    World Premier: Diana Ross Debuts Comeback Single and Video

     

    Eddie Van Halen Tribute Concert ‘Absolutely’ Should Happen Says Wolfang

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    B.B. King Museum—Bigger and Better

     

    U.S. Recorded Music Revenues Are Still 46% Below 1999 Peaks, RIAA Data Shows

     

    Eric Clapton Sets Only 2021 North American Shows

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    Eric Clapton Feels ‘Ostracized’ By Friends Over His COVID Views

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    Foo Fighters Face Pushback Over Vaccine-Only Madison Square Garden Show

     

    What Can Music Learn From The Rise and Rise of the Video Games Business?

     

    Garth Brooks on Resuming his Stadium Tour Safely: 'I Think We're All Learning'

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    Grandma Who Paid for Morgan Wallen Billboards Speaks Out — “We’re Not Bowing Down to the Mob”

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    ‘Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away’ Unravels The History Of A Legend

     

    Guitarist With No Arms Shreds GNR’s ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ + More With His Feet

     

    World Premier: ‘Eric Clapton’ Anniversary Deluxe Edition Due This Summer

     

    Claudia Barrett Dies: Actress Who Dazzled ‘Robot Monster’ In Sci-Fi Camp Classic Was 91

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    Lady A Announce New ‘What a Song Can Do (Chapter One)’ Album

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    Small Venues Still at Risk as COVID Cash Fails to Arrive

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    Foo Fighters Are Playing Madison Square Garden at 100% Capacity

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    Hipgnosis Songs Fund Now Owns A Music Catalog Worth Over $2.2 Billion

     

    World Premier: See Eddie Van Halen Play ‘Amsterdam’ Years Before 1995 Release

     

    Bruce Springsteen Reprising ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ for Encore Run
    Show will launch June 26th at the Saint James Theatre and wrap up September 4th

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    David Gilmour and Polly Samson on What Keeps Their Creative Partnership Strong
    The former Pink Floyd member and his wife chart their collaboration from The Division Bell through Samson’s new audiobook A Theater for Dreamers, and discuss the difficulties surrounding an upcoming Animals reissue

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    Judas Priest Announce Rescheduled 50th-Anniversary Tour Dates

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    New York City Taps Clive Davis to Executive Produce “Blockbuster” Central Park Comeback Concert

     

    ROB ZOMBIE Officially Confirms His Long-Rumored Movie Reboot Of 'The Munsters'

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    Clarence Williams III Dies: ‘Linc’ On ‘The Mod Squad’, Star Was 81

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    World Premier: Van Halen’s Lost Dinosaur Music Video Unearthed

     

    TwinstheNewTrend Discover Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page”

     

    Randy Travis Re-Releasing Iconic ‘Storms of Life’ Album With Three New Songs

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    YES!!!! Robert Plant Reportedly Prepping New Album With Alison Krauss

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    New Beach Boys ‘Feel Flows’ Box to Focus on 1969-71 Sessions

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    Counting Crows Lead Singer Adam Duritz Says Spotify Doesn’t Pay: “It’s Not Trickling Down to Us In Any Way”

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    Sugar Ray Leonard’s Secluded LA Mansion Hits the Market for $46.5 Million
    At a sprawling 16,700 square feet, it's a real knockout

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    Rock Stars Celebrating Birthdays In June

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    Guns N' Roses Announce US tour with Wolfgang Van Halen's Mammoth WVH

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    Roger Waters Posts Disputed Liner Notes to Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’

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    Movie Theaters AMC, Regal, and Cinemark Remove Mask Mandates for Vaccinated Customers 

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    Bill Cosby to Walk Free After Court Overturns Sex Assault Conviction

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    Joe Walsh says he was who gave Jimmy Page his first Gibson Les Paul

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    Sammy Hagar Announces Las Vegas Residency

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    Former POISON, MÖTLEY CRÜE And TWISTED SISTER Producer TOM WERMAN Sells His Rights To RESERVOIR

     

    Ringo Starr Wants You to Help Spread Peace & Love for His 81st Birthday on July 7

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    Great News From Across The Pond: UK Government Releases Its COVID-19 Concert Study — After Getting Sued by Angry Venues and Event Organizers

     

    Mumford & Sons Guitarist Is Quitting the Band to ‘Speak Freely’ on Political Issues

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    ZZ Top Plot Extensive 2021-22 North American Tour

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    World Premier: Beach Boys: Stream “Susie Cincinnati,” from ‘Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971’ Box Set

     

    Are Todd Rundgren, Belinda Carlisle Skipping the HOF Induction?

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    Neil Peart’s Classic Car Collection to Hit Auction

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    Harrison Ford Injures Shoulder Rehearsing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Fight Scene; Production To Shoot Around Recovery

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    Brian May Announces Reissue of Debut Solo LP ‘Back to the Light’

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    Black Crowes Didn’t Want ‘Negative’ Steve Gorman for Reunion Tour

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    Joanne Linville Dies: 'Star Trek' Romulan Commander & 'Twilight Zone' Actress With Scores Of Screen Credits Was 93

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    Paul Stanley Says ‘Kisstory’ Captures the ‘Human Side’ of Kiss: Exclusive Interview

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    PAUL STANLEY Says KISS Can Continue Without Him And GENE SIMMONS In It: The Band Is 'Bigger Than Any Member'

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    Foo Fighters Rock Madison Square Garden: Set List, Photos, Videos

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    Amy Grant’s Fall Tour Will Celebrate ‘Heart in Motion’ Anniversary

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    Rescued David Bowie Painting Will Sell for 10,000 Times its Price

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    Foghat Releasing New Concert Album and DVD, ‘8 Days on the Road,’ in Celebration of Band’s 50th Anniversary

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    Foreigner Adds Tour Dates, Doubling Number of 2021 Concerts

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    Sammy Hagar + Michael Anthony Launch ‘Van Hagar’ Era Archive on Social Media

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    If Streaming Isn’t Paying the Bills, Maybe Vinyl Can — Now Qrates Has a Way to Help Artists and Labels Sell a Lot More Records

     

    Garth Brooks Expands Summer Stadium Tour
    Country music star will play stadiums from Las Vegas to Nashville on an ever-growing tour

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    Is Journey Trying To Entice Steve Perry With Their New Rhythm Section?

     

    Robert Redford’s 30-Acre ‘Horse Whisperer’ Ranch in Utah Just Listed for $5 Million
    Abutting a river bank, the actor's mountain estate is a slice of the Old West

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    New Documentary Tells Brian Wilson’s Survival Story

     

    Van Morrison Announces New U.S. Tour Dates

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    How A 14 Year Old Got David Lee Roth Back In Van Halen

     

    Turntable Restoration Business is Booming

     

    World Premier: Brad Paisley Honors The Dream Chasers in New Track “City of Music”

     

    Neil Finn Says He'd Step Aside So Lindsey Buckingham Can Return To Fleetwood Mac

     

    But Will They Owe Taxes? - Sony Music Entertainment Is Waiving Unrecouped Debts for Legacy Artists

     

    Some 20th Century Rock Artists May Get Royalties for First Time

     

    The Sudden, Lucrative Gold Rush for Old Music
    As the giants of classic rock contemplate retirement, music execs are dreaming up increasingly bold new ways to eke value out of their brands, images, and back catalogs

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    Free Music Streaming App Trebel Is Going Public — The Company Targets People “Who Will Not – Or Cannot – Pay for Music Subscriptions”

     

    Massive George Harrison ‘All Things Must Pass’ Box Due in August
    Dhani Harrison, bassist Klaus Voormann, and others look back on the late Beatle’s 1970 solo masterpiece, and detail the making of a new deluxe reissue

     

    Keith Urban to Headline Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Music Festival

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber Promises to Defy Lockdown Extensions: “You’ll Have to Arrest Us”

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    It's Official: Ohio Club Where Dimebad Was Murdered To Be Turned Into Affordable Housing

     

    Lindsey Buckingham and Wife Split Up After 21 Years

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd Rethink Farewell: ‘Maybe It’s Not Our Time to Go’

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    Dolly Parton Announces Massive $500 Million Dollywood Expansion

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    Eagles: Additional 2021 “Hotel California” Tour Dates Announced

     

    Flashback: TwinstheNewTrend Discover Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen”

     

    Joe Bonamassa Announces Fall 2021 U.S. Tour

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    Sultans of Swing Solo, If It Was Written by Pink Floyd

     

    This Mint-Condition '72 Porsche 911 S Could Be Yours for $291,000
    The eye-catching classic has been refinished in factory-correct tangerine paint

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    World Premier: Prince's Previously Unreleased Social Justice Anthem 'Born 2 Die' Has Arrived: Listen

     

    ZZ Top and Cody Jinks to Headline Born & Raised Music Festival

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    Roger Waters to Dispute David Gilmour’s ‘Gobbledygook’ in Memoir

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    Turn Your Attention Skyward with Styx in the Band’s Lyric Video for “Crash of the Crown,” from New LP Out 6/18

     

    Grand Funk Railroad Plot Some Kind of Wonderful 2021 U.S. Tour

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    Is It Time to Roll Your Own Distribution Service? SonoSuite Is Quietly Claiming the White Label Distribution Space

     

    Courtney Love Dismisses Hole Reunion Possibilities, Launches New Cover Series
    Our old manager Peter Mensch calls once a year to ask about a reunion: ‘Hey, just doing my thing I do every year with you and Jimmy Page.”

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    YouTube Says It Paid $4 Billion to the Music Industry Over the Past Year

     

    Arlene Golonka Dies: ‘The Andy Griffith Show’, ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ Actress Was 85

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    Alan Jackson Lays Down Emotional ‘Where Were You’ for ‘National Memorial Day Concert’

     

    Roger Taylor Announces UK Solo Tour and New Album 'Outsider'
    Queen legend Roger Taylor announces 2021 UK solo tour alongside brand new album

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    Mickey Thomas Has Outlasted Steve Perry And Sammy Hagar Vocally Speaking

    Stuart Damon Dies: ‘General Hospital’s’ Alan Quartermaine Had 50-Year Career On Stage And Screen

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    Richard Marx Recalls His Battle With the Chinese Mafia in New Memoir
    “My brain could barely comprehend the reality of what was happening,” singer writes in Stories to Tell of surreal experience

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    Alabama to Resume Their 50th Anniversary Tour

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    FOREIGNER, REO SPEEDWAGON And SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE To Perform During CNN's 'The Fourth In America' Special

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    Elton John Says His Parents’ Arguments Led to ‘Big Spender’ Habit

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    The Beatles’ ‘Love’ Set to Reopen in Las Vegas

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    The Rolling Stones’ Historic Rio Concert Available Now

     

    Roger Daltrey Cancels 2021 ‘Live and Kicking’ North American Solo Tour

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    Wanda Jackson Announces New Joan Jett-Produced Album, ‘Encore’

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    When Chicago Got Meta on ’25 or 6 to 4′

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    Journey Share Clip of New Single ‘The Way We Used to Be’

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    David Crosby on CSNY: ‘I Let All Three of Those Guys Down’

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    Elton John Announces Final North American Dates for ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ Tour - Final leg of epic run hits stadiums across the U.S.

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    Jackson Browne Announces "Evening With" Tour Dates For September
    Tickets on Sale This Friday, June 25 - New Album Downhill From Everywhere out July 23

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    Neil Young Confirms New Album with Crazy Horse Is On the Way - “I have five songs ready for the next album"

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    Andrew Lloyd Webber Backs Off Threats to Defy COVID-19 Lockdown Orders

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    Songtradr Raises $50 Million In Series D Funding Round

     

    Fitness Apps Are Using Indie Music to Revolutionize Workouts — With Additional Growth and Licensing Opportunities Forthcoming

     

    Foo Fighters mourn loss of longtime stage manager Andy Pollard

     

    WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Says Having Famous Last Name 'May Conveniently Open Doors' But It 'Doesn't Keep Them Open'

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    TwinstheNewTrend Discover Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You”

     

    ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ Star John Paragon Dead at 66

     

    Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway Musical Won’t Allow Guests Who Received the AstraZeneca Vaccine

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    Rare Kurt Cobain Self-Portrait From 1992 Sells For Nearly $300K at Auction

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    Dick Stolley, Journalist Who Landed Zapruder Film of JFK Assassination, Dead at 92

     

    Peter Jackson’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ Six-Hour Doc Set For Three-Day Thanksgiving Debut On Disney+

     

    Elton John - Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Story So Far

     

    Awards Amid Slipping Ratings

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    Rush’s Alex Lifeson Unveils Two New Solo Songs

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    Keyboardist Rick Wakeman is honoured by The Queen and made a CBE

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    Staind Against The Grain: STAIND's AARON LEWIS: 'Every Racist Law That's Ever Been Put Into Place, Every Scar On America Was The Democrats'

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    Angry Roger Waters Rejected ‘Huge’ Deal From Facebook

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    Ned Beatty, Who Made Quite the First Impression in ‘Deliverance,’ Dies at 83
    The actor also had memorable roles in 'Nashville,' 'Network' and 'Homicide: Life on the Street.'

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    Music Benefactors Quietly Validates Its Model With Multiple Artist Offerings — With a $5 Million Catalog Acquisition Ahead

    Bruce Springsteen Plots 2022 Tour, Collaborations With John Mellencamp, the Killers

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    Ray Charles’ ‘True Genius’ Box Set to Feature Previously Unreleased Live Tracks
    Limited edition collection houses 90 songs commemorating what would’ve been the legend’s 90th birthday year

     

    World Premier: Ronnie Wood & the Ronnie Wood Band: ‘Mr. Luck – A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ Out 9/3

     

     

    Like Father, Like Son - Ahead of Their Times: That Time Sean Lennon Slammed the Media “For Spreading Chinese Communist Party Propaganda” . . . on April 2nd . . . of Last Year

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    Wolfgang Van Halen Details New SiriusXM Show ‘Top of the Pack’
    Premiere episode will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

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    Morgan Wallen Officially Reinstated by iHeartRadio, Cumulus Media, Cox Radio Station Conglomerates

     

    Fake Spotify Trial Offers Are Delivering Malware – Here’s How to Spot Them

     

    Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Solo Album and Fall Tour

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    Brian Wilson Documentary ‘Long Promised Road’ Captures Musical Legend In Raw, Personal Way; Looks To Set U.S. Distribution Deal – Tribeca Film Festival

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    The Real Reason Wolfgang Van Halen Replaced Michael Anthony

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    We Learn Why Michael Anthony Was Kicked Out of Van Halen...Kind Of

     

    King Crimson Announce 2021 U.S. Tour

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    Apple SharePlay Brings Video & Music Sharing to FaceTime – Here’s How It Works

     

    Beatles Movie Explores ‘Paradox’ of Their Success in India

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    Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper Set for Shaky Knees Festival

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    Brad Whitford ‘Doubts’ Aerosmith Will Tour Soon – or Ever Again

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    F. Lee Bailey, Defense Lawyer for OJ Simpson and Patty Hearst, Dies at 87

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    World Premier: John Mayer Drops New ‘Last Train Home’ Video

     

    Dan Auerbach on the Black Keys’ New Album, Missing John Prine and His Band’s 20th Anniversary
    “I love being able to share with our fans the music that inspired us,” Auerbach says of the Keys’ Delta Kream, a record of classic-blues covers

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    Thousands of Guitar Amps, Pedals, & Gear Destroyed In Massive LA Warehouse Fire

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    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian-Style Carroll Alsop House Up for Grabs in the Hawkeye State

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    Vince Gill Sings ‘Go Rest High on That Mountain’ in Honor of Fallen Soldiers on ‘National Memorial Day Concert’ [Watch]

     

    Keith Urban Announces His Return to Las Vegas

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    Freddie Mercury’s Life Turned Into a Graphic Novel

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    Flashback: TwinstheNewTrend Discover Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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    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.

    Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith at The International Rock Awards in NYC. June 1990. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.comPlease contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391
     

    One of the major acts to be hatched in the seventies and who took the world and its airwaves by devastating storm was the Boston baked band, Aerosmith.

     

    Hitting teens right between the eyes in 1973 with songs like "Dream On" and "Mama Kin" with their self-titled debut album, the bad boys from Boston has held us by the ears from then until now, almost fifty years and fifteen studio albums later.

    This month's photo by our dear friend, Bob Gruen, takes us back to the 1990 International Rock Awards in New York City. In the video to the right, Bob tells us the story of his relationship with Aerosmith that, like the band and its music, lasts to this very 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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    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - Chuck Berry - MSG NYC 1971

     

    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.

    Chuck Berry kissing his guitar on stage at the Rock & Roll Revival concert at MSG, NYC. October 15, 1971. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.comPlease contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391
     

    John Lennon famously said, "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."

    Arguably, it could easily be said that without Chuck Berry, there wouldn't be rock and roll. At least, there wouldn't be rock and roll as it was, is, and will be.

    In the video on the right side of this page, our good friend, Bob Gruen, tells of seeing Chuck Berry in concert while Bob was in college. Later, of course, Bob would photograph Chuck on several occasions - with legendary guitarist even buying a photograph from Bob!

    But we don't want to give away the whole story so watch the video to the right of this page.

     

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - David Bowie - Radio City Music Hall New York City 1973


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    David Bowie

    NYC's Radio City Music Hall - 1973

     

    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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    Today, anything goes and we're accustomed to it. It's hard to shock us any more - especially when it comes to live music. Today, it seems that it's all be done before.

    In a sense, it has. One of the pioneers of breaking the mold on stage was the other-worldly David Bowie. With two different color eyes and music that seemed to come from the yet-to-be-launched space station, Bowie hit the stage in the early seventies and commanded our attention ever since until his untimely passing on January 16th, 2016 (two days after his 69th birthday). 

    To help celebrate Bowie's 74th birthday, Bob Gruen is serving up this great image that he took of David in 1973. Bob talks about his interactions with Bowie over the years in the video on the right. 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 clickinghere.

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - Elton John - Fillmore East - 1970


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    Elton John

    New York's Fillmore East

    1970

     

    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.

    Elton John on stage with legs in the air at Fillmore East, NYC. April 9, 1971. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.comImage #: R-78 

    Over the past several years, Elton John has been skillfully crafting and executing his long goodbye into semi-retirement. Special projects, a now-suspended farewell tour, and, of course, the movie, Rocketman, that released in 2019 that was mostly autobiographical - all of it has kept Elton’s name and career has been plastered all over entertainment news.

    Before there was this Liberace of Rock and Roll (and as was dramatized in “Rocketman,” there was an unknown pianist from England, landing on America’s shores, trying to make it big in music.

    First, was the Troubadour in L.A. Then, the fabled Fillmore East in New York . . . and our own Bob Gruen was there to document this amazing bit of history and the photo above is one of many he shot of Elton that night.

    In the video on this page, Gruen tells us the story of this and other photos taken that night. Please watch and listen closely to Bob's story that he shares in this exclusive video.

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - Freddie Mercury - Memphis 1974


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    Freddie Mercury and Queen

    Memphis - 1974

     

    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 Bob (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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    In remembrance of what would have been Freddie Mercury's 74th birthday this month, Boomerocity is proud to feature Bob Gruen's photo of Freddie and the rest of the guys in Queen. Bob tells the story behind this early photograph in the video on the right.

    Order your own official copy of this historic photo 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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry Toronto 1977

     

    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.

    Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry of Blondie in Toronto, Canada. March 1977. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com Image #: R-44 

    Before there was punk rock, there was Iggy Pop. The front man for the Stooges (formed in 1967), James Newell “Iggy Pop” Osterberg, Jr., has been labeled the “Godfather of Punk”.

    Self-mutilating. Confrontational. Raw. Antagonizing. All that from a vocalist who was inspired by a Doors performance at the University of Michigan in 1967. Embracing a similar attitude, Iggy Pop and the Stooges went on to embrace and establish their own controversial reputation.

    As Iggy and the band grew in popularity over the years, Boomerocity friend, Bob Gruen, managed to meet Iggy and photograph him many times. This month’s featured photo is of a candid backstage scene with Iggy and Debbie Harry. In the video on the right, Bob shares some of his insight and history with Iggy and the story behind this photo.

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - John and Yoko 1980


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    John & Yoko - 1980

     

    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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    Classic rock enthusiasts - as well as Boomerocity followers - already know that our good friend, Bob Gruen, has managed to be at the right places at the right times. Nothing could have been more true than meeting John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 

    As has been know by Boomerocity followers since our first interview with Bob (here), Bob became friends with John and Yoko and remains good friends with Yoko to this day. Boomerocity is proud of the the fact that Yoko shared that first interview in its entirety on ImaginePeace.com (now archived here). We've interviewed Bob three more times since then and we're extremely proud to feature his work here. 

    In the video on this page, Gruen gives us an unprecedented view into how he met John and Yoko and a glimpse into the continued friendship he has with Yoko. Please watch and listen closely to Bob's story that he shares in this exclusive video. 

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

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - John Lennon - The NYC T-Shirt Photo


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    John Lennon

    The NYC T-Shirt Photo - 1974

     

    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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    John Lennon would have turned 80 years old this month. Boomeocity wants to celebrate his life and the impact Lennon had on rock music and society by featuring this iconic photo of him by Boomerocity friend and legendary rock photographer, Bob Gruen.

    Bob was a close friend of John and Yoko and is still close friends with Yoko today. Gruen shares the story behind this world-renown photo in the video to the right. 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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - John Lennon NYC UN Stamp

     

    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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    October 9th marks the birthday of John Lennon. As you already know, our dear friend, Bob Gruen, is responsible for some of the most legendary and iconic photos of Lennon. They have been published in books (even as a book cover - see Philip Norman's book, John Lennon - A Life).

    Last month, the United Nations announced the selection of three of Bob's photographs of John Lennon for their own commemorative postage stamps (you can order these stamps for your collection directly from the U.N., here). This month, Bob shares the story behind the images, especially the famous "New York City" photo of John.

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious Europe 1977

     

    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.

    Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols on plane with an unknown little girl, flying from London to Brussels. November 1977. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.comPlease contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391  

    As the seventies were approaching its end, a new wave of music started hitting the airwaves: Punk. The patriarchs of that genre are undoubtedly The Sex Pistols. Despite their short time as a band, they are still listened to and its survivors followed to this very day. 

    Our dear friend, Bob Gruen, shares the story of his interactions with this trailblazing band and his travels with them - including the flight that this month's photo was taken in 1977. You can hear the story from Bob himself  at the top of the column on the right.

     

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - Keith Richards - New York City


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    Keith Richards

    NYC's Beacon Theater 

     

    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.

    Gruen Keith Richards Dec2020 

    "It's good to be here! It's good to be anywhere!" 

    That's a quote that we have all grown fond of hearing Keith say during his solo spots in a Rolling Stones concert. In the sixties and seventies did we really expect to be alive all these years later?

    We're certainly glad that he is and that he and the Stones are still making great music and performing live every chance they get!

    To help celebrate "Keef's" birthday, Bob Gruen is serving up this great image that he took of Richards. Bob talks about his interactions with Keith over the years in the video on the right. 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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio - The Allman Brothers - Georgia 1972


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    The Allman Brothers

    Georgia Highway - 1972

     

    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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    November 21 marks Duane Allman's birthday. Allman, who died in a tragic motorcycle accident just shy of his twenty-fifth birthday in October of 1971.

    Though he was the force behind the band, the surviving members pulled themselves together and continued touring and putting out incredible music until Duane's kid brother, Gregg, passed away in 2017 of liver cancer.

    We felt that we would honor the spirit of Duane Allman and his continued force behind his "brothers" by sharing two photos of them taken on a Georgia highway the year after Duane's death. The video on the right side of this page is of Bob Gruen sharing the story behind these iconic photos and a little bit about his relationship with this legendary band. 

    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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  • Bob Gruen's Studio -Tina Turner - The Honka Monka Club, NYC 1970


    Bob Gruen's Studio

    Tina Turner

    The Honka Monka Club

    NYC July 8, 1970

     

    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.

    Tina Turner multiple image on stage at the Honka Monka Room, NYC. July 8, 1970. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.comPlease contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391
     

    With the recently released Tina Turner documentary, “Tina”, now out on HBO, we only thought it fitting that Bob Gruen’s iconic image of an early Tina Turner performance be featured this month.

    Whether during her days with her ex-husband or during phenomenal solo career, Tina Turner has been a musical force to be reckoned with. Her mark on the musical landscape of our times is indelible and unmistakable. Before all of that fame happened, there was a small gig in New York. Bob Gruen was there.

    In the video on the right, Bob details how he came about meeting Tina and Ike Turner, how the photo came about, and his continued relationship with them.

    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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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody PosterBohemian Rhapsody

    Starring: Rami Malek. Lucy Boynton. Bran Singer. Gwilym Lee

    Studio: 20th Century Fox, Initial Entertainment Group, and Regency Enterprises

    Review Date: November 6, 2018

     

    I remember clearly when Queen’s “Night at the Opera” came out in 1975. One of the classes I took as a Junior in high school was Mrs. Caldwell’s concert choir class. We were being educated in the classics. I didn’t see the appeal to it until Queen’s landmark album landed. 

    Suddenly, classical was cool and the reason was the song, Bohemian Rhapsody. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, was mesmerizing both because of his stage presence as well as his amazing, operatic voice . . .. singing classical influenced rock. 

    My peers and I were thoroughly blown away.

    Fast-forward from 1975 to Fall 2018.

    The life of the late Freddie Mercury is commemorated in the new film, Bohemian Rhapsody.  As for accuracy, other reviews have called out some aspects of the film that are felt to be factually flawed in the strictest sense of accuracy. And, from what I’ve read, they make very good points.

    That all said, I feel that the film was good, entertaining, and covered the highlights of the history of Mercury and his band mates in Queen. Rami Malek does well portraying Freddie - albeit sometimes a bit more than needed - but does well overall. 

    The music? Bang on.

    Music performances? Phenomenal.

    All in all, an excellent film to watch and well worth the price of admission . . . and maybe even a bucket of popcorn, to boot.

    You will also want to order the “rockumentary”, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, that we reviewed six years ago (here).

  • Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

    freddiemercurythegreatpretendercoverFreddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
    Freddie Mercury
    Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
    Released: September 25, 2012
    Reviewed: September 30, 2012

    Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex and fascinating characters in British rock music. A generous, caring, thoughtful man with a self-deprecating sense of humor and a genuine passion for music. Freddie Mercury touched the lives of millions through his career both with Queen and as a solo performer. The great folks at Eagle Rock Entertainment has released a new documentary about Freddie, The Great Pretender, and it is sure to delight and inform his legions of fans as never before.

    Created by the same team behind the widely acclaimed Queen: Days of Our Lives BBC documentary, The Great Pretender, in a similar vein, presents a compelling insight into its subject matter, unearthing previously undiscovered or rarely seen footage and is presented for the first time in High Definition.

    Produced and directed by Rhys Thomas, life-long Queen fan and expert (to the extent that Rhys famously broke the Mastermind all time record points score with a specialist subject of Queen), Rhys has this time turned his attention to the Freddie archive, going back as early as 1976 in search of vintage gems which reveal more than ever before the inside story of Freddie’s life and career and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen.

    The extensive archive footage is drawn from rare interviews with Freddie, concerts, video shoots and personal material, much of it being seen for the first time, along with newly filmed contributions from fellow Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Queen manager Jim Beach, soprano Montserrat Caballé, composers David Arnold and Mike Moran, lyricist Tim Rice, comedian and lifelong fan Matt Lucas and many more.

    From it emerges a portrait of a man who was very different to his flamboyant onstage public persona. Sometimes raw in language and content but always insightful and informative, Queen fans will love this DVD.

    Among the treasures fans can look forward to viewing, The Great Pretender includes for the first time ever Freddie and Rod Stewart singing their demo for Take Another Piece of My Heart, an unreleased song from 1984, a snippet of the unreleased Michael Jackson / Freddie Mercury collaboration There Must Be More To Life Than This, and Freddie with the Royal Ballet 1979 – never seen in full before.

    Rhys, whose extensive scouting for lost material turned up a copy of the band’s first TV appearance among the belongings of late comedian Dick Emery, brings to the light Freddie’s earliest filmed interview from 1976 unearthed in Australia and another unseen interview from 1976 filmed by NBC in the USA.

    There's another unseen interview from 1985 filmed on set of I Was Born To Love You. Very funny, Freddie tells us how Queen was in a lift when they found out they were no.1 with Bohemian Rhapsody, jumped for joy and the lift stopped. ‘We thought we'd all suffocate in the damned lift.’”

    Rhys also found 10 cans of Freddie’s 39th Black and White birthday party in Mrs. Henderson’s nightclub in Munich in 1985. Originally filmed for the video for Living On My Own, and promptly banned by Freddie’s record company because of its cross-dressing theme, there’s much to be enjoyed in watching Freddie and his friends go full out in their efforts to help Freddie celebrate his last birthday before turning 40.

    On top of this, The Great Pretender has a feast of outtakes from the video shoots for I Want To Break Free, One Vision, Days of Our Lives, I Want It All, A Kind Of Magic, Princes of the Universe, Living on My Own, Born To Love You, Great Pretender, Made In Heaven, and Who Wants to Live Forever.

    Bonus features [that will not make up part of the version to be broadcast by the BBC] include Freddie Mercury Goes Solo and an extended interview with Montserrat Caballé.

    The Great Pretender is a required addition of Queen or Freddie Mercury fan’s video library and is a great gift idea for the upcoming Christmas holidays.

  • QUEEN + BÉJART BALLET FOR LIFE

    Queen Bejart Ballet For Life coverQueen + Béjart Ballet Lausanne
    Eagle Vision
    DVD
    Release Date: September 6, 2019

    When Boomerocity was launched over ten years ago, never was it imagined that a ballet would be reviewed, let alone raved about. In fact, ballets never entered the Boomerocity mindset. Period.

    That all changed when a review copy of Queen + Béjart: Ballet for Life hit our mailbox.

    Wow. Just wow.

    Now, y’all who feel the same way I felt, learn from me and order your own copy of Queen + Béjart: Ballet for Life. It’s absolutely amazing! It prompted me to research to see if there are other “rock ballets” out there, and there are. However, as a ballet novice, I must say that this DVD is, well, the Queen of the crop (Sorry. I couln’t help myself).

    Queen + Béjart: Ballet for Life documents Queen’s music as the inspiration for a unique ballet that has endured for over twenty years, on DVD, Blu-ray & digital video. The DVD and Blu-ray will also be available as deluxe editions, packaged in a 36-page hardback photo book featuring photos from the Ballet for Life.

    Ballet for Life was a unique collaboration between three cultural brands: Queen, Versace and the late visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart, celebrating the life and talents of legendary performers, Freddie Mercury and Maurice Béjart’s former principal dancer, Jorge Donn, both of whom died of AIDS. It was first performed in the Théâtre de Chaillot in Paris, France, in January 1997 in the presence of Madame Chirac, Elton John and the three surviving members of Queen, John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor.

    Queen + Béjart: Ballet for Life features two programs: the documentary by Lynne Wake and Simon Lupton, and a full 1997 performance of the ballet by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. The documentary, edited by Emmy Award winner Christopher Bird, tells the story of the creation and success of the ballet featuring the great and the good of both rock and dance, including: Brian May, Roger Taylor, Gil Roman, Wayne Sleep and Arlene Phillips. The performance includes incredible archive footage of Freddie Mercury, Maurice Béjart, Queen and Gianni Versace, as well as featuring Versace’s stunning costume designs. The production continues to tour widely, but is captured here performing at Théâtre Métropole in beautiful and historic Lausanne, Switzerland, in June 1997.

    The Ballet For Life film is directed by Maurice Béjart and David Mallet, known specifically for directing live performance concerts of such megastars as Tina Turner, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and numerous Queenvideos including “Bicycle Race”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “I Want to Break Free”, and Freddie’s classic “The Great Pretender” video.

    Maurice Béjart’s long-standing friend Gianni Versace was tragically killed in Miami shortly after the filming in Lausanne. Sadly, this departure into the world of ballet for Versace proved to be one of his last.

    " allowtransparency="no" width="120" height="240">The production marks the ultimate fusion of Queen’ssweeping emotional melodies, both live and studio tracks, and the timeless ethereal grace and movement of ballet. It is the first and only time a full-length ballet has been paired to rock music, albeit alongside some traditional pieces from Mozart. The theme of the choreography is about the cycle of life and life triumphing over death, which perfectly reflects the mood of the songs. Dancers fuse classical and modern ballet seamlessly to songs including, "It’s a Beautiful Day", "I Was Born to Love You," and "Radio Ga Ga", closing with the spectacular "The Show Must Go On". This release also includes a substantial segment of John Deacon’s final performance with Queen, taken from the Queen + Béjart Ballet for Life premiere performance with Elton John in Paris. 

    Béjart explained that with Ballet for Life he wanted to bring Freddie Mercury back to life, in doing so he created a delight for both Queen and ballet fans alike. Breaking with tradition, the packed audience applaud throughout the show. This is ballet as you’ve never seen it before, with the wild-eyed euphoria of a rock concert.

    Appropriately, Queen + Béjart: Ballet for Life will be released the day after the annual Freddie For A Day events, marking the birthday of the late, great Freddie Mercury. 100% of royalties payable by Eagle Rock Entertainment to Tonleigh Ltd will be donated to The Mercury Phoenix Trust fighting AIDS worldwide.

    About The Mercury Phoenix Trust
    The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded in 1992 by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS related causes. In the last 27 years the Trust has given away over 16 million dollars in his name and funded over 1000 mainly grassroots projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS. For more information on the Mercury Phoenix Trust visit: www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com.