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April 30, 2017

40 Amazing Color Photographs of Rock Stars Taken by Bob Gruen in the 1970s and 1980s

For more than 40 years, Bob Gruen’s name has been synonymous with rock and roll.

From taking early photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner and capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene, to hanging out with John and Yoko and covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day, Gruen has always been at the right place at the right time. As Alice Cooper says, what makes Gruen’s work so memorable is that “he always got the money shot.”

Gruen covered the New York City music scene, taking photographs that have gained worldwide recognition – Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones, Elvis to James Brown, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley and John Lennon to Johnny Rotten. Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend, capturing their working life, private moments and creating two iconic images – John Lennon wearing the New York City t-shirt and, standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono,1977

Kiss, NYC, 1975

Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry, Toronto, 1977

Ramones, 1975

John Lennon, NYC, 1980

Sex Pistols, Luxemburg, 1977

Kiss, Kyoto, Japan, 1977

Aerosmith, NYC, 1974

Elvis Presley, 1972

Debbie Harry, 1977

Johnny Rotten, 1976

Cherie Currie, Runaways, 1976

Johnny Rotten, 1976

Elton John, 1986

James Brown, 1980

Mick Jagger, 1975

Mick Jagger, 1975

Sid Vicious, 1977

Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger, 1978

David Bowie, 1974

Alice Cooper, 1973

Paul Stanley, FL, 1979

Led Zeppelin, 1975

John Lennon, NYC, 1974

New York Dolls, 1973

Rod Stewart, 1972

Gene Simmons, 1977

Runaways, 1976

Paul McCartney, 1976

Debbie Harry - Blondie, Coney Island, NY, 1977

Mick Jagger, 1978

Michael Jackson, 1977

Chuck Berry, 1973

Pete Townshend and Mick Jagger, Philadelphia, 1982

David Johansen, Bob Geldof, Andy Warhol, NYC, 1979

Bay City Rollers, 1975

The Clash, 1979

Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry being photographed by Chris Stein in New York, 1982

The Clash, NYC, 1982

Bob Marley, 1976

(Images © Bob Gruen)



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