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Friday, June 29, 2012

Bob Gruen: Rock 'N' Roll's Favorite Iconographer

The list of subjects Bob Gruen has captured in his photography could double as a roll-call of virtually every musician who achieved rock-god status in the '60s and '70s. Apart from landing an unimaginably sweet gig as John Lennon’s personal photographer during his New York years, Gruen also made icons of the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and many others. Today his portfolio (which includes legendary images of a triumphant Led Zeppelin, an inebriated Iggy Pop, and Tina Turner in all her hyperkinetic glory) serves as a comprehensive archive of an era when rock music came into its own as a symbol of rebellion and creative vitality.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen screens on Sunday, July 1 at 8pm as the (free!) Closing Night selection of BAMcinemaFest and will be followed by a Q&A with Gruen and an after-party. Below are a few greatest hits from his extraordinary career.

Tina Turner live at Honka Monka Club in New York City, 1970

Led Zeppelin, New York, 1973

The Rolling Stones live at Madison Square Garden, 1972
John Lennon, New York City, 1974
Joan Jett, Sunset Marquis, Los Angeles, 1976

Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry, Backstage in Toronto, 1977

The Sex Pistols in Luxembourg, 1977

The Clash live in Boston, 1979

The Ramones live at CBGB, 1979

Green Day at Top of the Rock, May 2009

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