Bob Gruen: How A Legendary Photographer Captured The Passion Of A Generation

”Takin A Walk-Music History on Foot”

01-11-2022 • 28 minutos

Join Host Buzz Knight on The Takin A Walk Podcast with this special episode devoted the music, magic and mayhem of Greenwich Village and his guest Bob Gruen.

He is an iconic photographer known for his work with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Here are the show notes.

Bob Gruen: How A Legendary Photographer Captured the Passion Of A Generation

Becoming a successful photographer is not only about the camera but, more importantly, the passion. If you love photography, making it a full-time career will be easy. However, success doesn't come overnight. It takes time and perseverance to meet your goals in this industry. Listen and learn more from this amazing conversation as we take a walk with Bob Gruen, a legendary photographer who captured the passion of a generation.

Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll. From John Lennon to Johnny Rotten; Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones; Elvis to Madonna; Bob Dylan to Bob Marley; Tina Turner to Debbie Harry, he has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition. Bob has worked with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss & Alice Cooper. He toured extensively with emerging punk and new wave bands, including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group, and Blondie. His “Sid Vicious with Hot Dog” photo was acquired for their permanent collection in 1999 by The National Portrait Gallery, London. In June 2004, Bob was presented with MOJO Magazine’s prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image in London. “All Dolled Up,” a DVD documentary by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck of their early ‘70s video footage of the New York Dolls, was released in 2005.

In the spring of 2007, FAAP University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented Bob Gruen’s work exhibition. Titled ROCKERS, the exhibition attracted 40,000 visitors. The ROCKERS exhibition was also shown from April to July 2008 at Morrison Hotel Gallery on the Bowery in New York City. In November 2010, Bob was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

Tune in!

During this episode, you will learn about;

[00:01] Episode intro and a quick bio of today’s guest; Bob Gruen

[00:45] How Bob’s photography work has been, and how he learned photography

[02:22] The transformative experience when Bob met Tina Turner

[06:35] Awesome memories with Patti Smith

[08:22] Bob’s first time meeting with John Lennon

[20:09] Does Bob ever dream about all the celebrities he captured?

[20:55] Bob’s two organizations he supports for charity- Food Bank and Her Justice

[23:24] Photography takeaway golden nuggets from Bob in this episode

[27:31] Ending the show and call to action

Notable Quotes
  • Human beings don’t like t feel things. They will always get angry when you try to touch their feelings.
  • Learn to live the present and focus on the future. Don’t dwell in your past worship your achievements. Your past success is your greatest enemy to progress.
  • Without food, you will not have the energy to be productive on tasks.
  • When a band has a good time, the same will be reciprocated to the audience.
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