Join legendary New York rock photographer Bob Gruen in an illustrated Q&A conducted by noted musician, writer and producer Lenny Kaye.
The conversation will cover Gruen’s 40-year career—from his early photos of Ike and Tina Turner and the CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene (Blondie, Patti Smith, The Ramones), to his later work covering John and Yoko and current stadium rockers such as Green Day. Hear the stories behind the photos that appear in Rock Seen, Bob’s just-published book of photographs.
Bob Gruen is one of the most well known rock and roll photographers of all time. His iconic images—including John Lennon wearing his New York City t-shirt, Led Zeppelin standing in front of their airplane and Sid Vicious eating a hot dog (in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London)—have appeared worldwide in every form, from magazine covers, posters and T-shirts to postage stamps. He is the author of 14 books, including his new monograph Rock Seen (Abrams Books), John Lennon: The New York Years and New York Dolls. He lives in New York City.
As musician, writer and record producer, Lenny Kaye has been intimately involved with the creative impulse that marks the music. He has been a guitarist for poet-rocker Patti Smith since her band's inception more than thirty years ago, was an associate editor for Rock Scene magazine and is the co-author of Waylon, the life story of Waylon Jennings. He has worked in the studio with such artists as Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll, Soul Asylum, Kristen Hersh and Allen Ginsberg, as well as his own solo muse. His seminal anthology of sixties' garage-rock, Nuggets, has long been regarded as defining a genre. His book You Call It Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon, an impressionistic study of the romantic singers of the 1930's, was published by Villard/Random House in 2004.
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