I had the chance to take a walk through Bob Gruen’s “Rockers” exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery on the Bowery today (next to the John Varvados store in the old CBGB space).
If you don’t know who Bob Gruen is (You Should!), here is his description from his own website:
Bob Gruen is one of the most well known and respected photographers in Rock and Roll. By the mid ’70s he was already regarded as one of the foremost documenters of the scene working with major attractions such as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Kiss etc., and also covering the emerging New Wave and Punk bands including The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones & Blondie.
Just walking through the exhibit was a walk through Rock & Roll history from the 70’s to the present with pictures of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Blondie, Kiss, Elton John, John Lennon and so many more. If you consider yourself a fan of rock music and all the history that goes along with it, you owe it to yourself to go check this exhibit out. It is free and well worth the trip down to The Bowery.
(Photo Copyright Bob Gruen)
Here is the info from The Morrison Hotel Gallery site:
The Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents Bob Gruen’s ‘Rockers’
280 Photograph Installation – Featuring Iconic Images Of John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Debbie Harry And Others – Opens At The Morrison’s New 313 Bowery Location (Formerly CBGB’s Gallery)
WHAT: Rockers – The Photography Of Bob Gruen
WHERE: Morrison Hotel Gallery, 313 Bowery, NYC, 212.677.2253
Noon – 7pm (Sun – Wed)
Noon – 9pm (Thurs – Sat)
Closed on Mondays
ADMISSION: FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
The Morrison Hotel Gallery, the world’s leading purveyor of fine art music photography, is proud to present ‘Rockers,’ the largest-ever installation by one of the most respected photographers in rock & roll, Bob Gruen. Totaling some 280 photographs, many of them never before exhibited in the United States, from John Lennon to John Lydon, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley, ‘Rockers’ opens April 24 at the Morrison’s new 313 Bowery space, former home to CBGB’s Gallery.
‘Rockers’ was originally presented in 2007 at the FAAP University Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where it drew over 40,000 visitors. The Morrison has commissioned acclaimed architect Tito Ficarelli, who designed the ‘Rockers’ exhibit in Brazil, to transform the new 313 Bowery space as well.
Bob Gruen’s work has shaped the iconography of rock & roll. A native New Yorker, he served as John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s personal photographer in the 1970s, a position that would yield two of his best known, and best loved, images of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt and flashing a peace sign while standing in front of the Statue of Liberty. During that time Gruen was also chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine, where he specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with emerging punk and new wave bands including The New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie, while also photographing the biggest artists of the era, including Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, KISS, Elton John and Alice Cooper. Gruen still carries a camera wherever he goes, and continues to add to a body of work that spans over forty years.