Bob Gruen

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Bob Gruen.

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


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, Sex Pistols, 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)
  • 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 1971-72 (2012)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sun, Feifei (April 25, 2008). "Bob Gruen's Rock 'n' Roll Photo Opening". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 26, 2010.