Bob Gruen

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Bob Gruen
Bob Gruen.jpg
New York, New York, US
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Nadya Gruen
WebsiteOfficial website

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

By the mid 1970s Gruen was already regarded as one of the foremost photographers in music working with major artist such as John Lennon, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and Kiss. He also covered emerging New Wave and Punk bands including the New York Dolls, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Blondie.


Gruen was born in New York City. His career began when he saw Ike & Tina Turner open for Sam & Dave at New York’s Felt Forum in 1970. He followed the Turners around to other gigs and soon became close friends with them.[1] In 2012, Gruen released the DVD Ike & Tina — On The Road: 197172, a documentary he and his wife Nadya Gruen filmed of the Turners at their home in California and on tour across the country.[2][3][4]

After meeting Ike & Tina Turner he began photographing Bob Dylan and served as John Lennon's personal photographer during his time in New York City in 1971. 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, Sex Pistols, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Courtney Love and Green Day.[5]

As a humanitarian, Gruen has worked with many local and international charities to raise money in support of their life-affirming missions. A partial list includes: WhyHunger, Her Justice, Tibet House, The Kristen Ann Carrr Fund, The Donaldson Adoption Institute, Save The Music, MusicCares, and Aperture Foundation.[6]


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)

In June 2004, Gruen was presented with Mojo magazine's prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image in London.

In 2007, he received the International Society of Photographers Outstanding Achievement Award and the Great Neck Arts Center Artist of Distinction Award.

In 2010, Gruen was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.[7]

Ike & Tina — On The Road: 197172 won Best Blues DVD of 2013 at the 2014 Living Blues Awards.[8]

For his many charitable contributions, Gruen received the first ever John Lennon Real Love Award in December 2014 at the 32nd Annual John Lennon Tribute Concert.[6]


  • 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)
  • Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)
  • 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: 197172 (2012)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Tina Turner Blog Interview: Bob Gruen". Tina Turner Blog. November 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Britt, Grant (December 20, 2012). "DVD Review – Ike and Tina "On The Road 1971-72"". No Depression.
  3. ^ Butcher, Terrence (November 26, 2012). "Imagine This Power Duo Together Again: 'Ike & Tina: On the Road: 1971-72'". PopMatters.
  4. ^ "The other side of Ike and Tina Turner". Page Six. October 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Sun, Feifei (April 25, 2008). "Bob Gruen's Rock 'n' Roll Photo Opening". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "39th Annual John Lennon Tribute". 39th Annual John Lennon Tribute.
  7. ^ "Bob Gruen". Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
  8. ^ "2014 Living Blues Awards". Living Blues Magazine. April 15, 2014.