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Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen.

Bob Gruen (born 1945) is an American photographer known for his rock 'n' roll photographs, he is an author and has appeared in films.


  • Career 1
  • Accolades 2
  • Books 3
  • Films 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6


Gruen was born in New York City. He began photographing rock stars with Bob Dylan and served as John Lennon's personal photographer during his time in New York City. Gruen is best known for his photograph of Lennon wearing a New York City T-shirt. Other notable celebrities and rock bands photographed by Gruen include the New York Dolls, The Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Courtney Love and Green Day.[1]


"Bob's magical photos and brilliantly telling captions together present a kaleidoscope of John Lennon's New York Period. It is beautiful, clear, and truthful. I know. I was there." —Yoko Ono (John Lennon: The New York Years by Bob Gruen)


  • The Sex Pistols: Chaos (1990), ISBN 978-0711921214
  • The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane (1997), Genesis Publications
  • The Clash (2004), ISBN 978-1903399347
  • John Lennon - The New York Years (2005), ISBN 978-1584794325
  • Rockers: The Exhibit(Cosac Naify, 2007)
  • New York Dolls Photographs by Bob Gruen (2008), ISBN 978-0810972711
  • Rock Seen - Bob Gruen (2011), ISBN 978-0810997721


  • All Dolled Up - A New York Dolls Story (2005)
  • Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen (2011)
  • LENNONYC' (2010)
  • New York Dolls - Lookin' Fine on Television (2011)
  • Ike & Tina - On the Road 1971-72 (2012)

External links

  • Bob Gruen's website
  • Bob Gruen at the Internet Movie Database
  • Who Shot Rock & Roll - Gail Buckland, Bob Gruen, and Justin Borucki 2009 Brooklyn Museum panel includes extended presentation by Gruen of his photographs (Video)
  • Bob Gruen: Original Photographs Rockstore selection
  • Spotlight On: Bob Gruen, Rock 'N' Roll Photographer 2013 in-depth interview with Gruen on


  1. ^ Sun, Feifei (April 25, 2008). "Bob Gruen's Rock 'n' Roll Photo Opening".  
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