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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.

Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend, making photos of their working life as well as private moments. In 1974 he created the iconic images of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt and standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign – two of the most popular of Lennon’s images.

As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the ’70s, Bob specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie. Bob has also worked with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss and Alice Cooper.

In 1989, he documented the epic trip to Russia of the “Moscow Music Peace Festival” featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi. For many years Bob was the official photographer for the New Music Seminar held in New York City, covering dozens of aspiring new bands in the course of a summer week. This seminal body of work reflects a profound commitment and long-standing personal friendship with the artists. His wealth of personal experiences and uncanny memory provide the most illuminating and comprehensive histories of rock youth culture.

“All Dolled Up,” a DVD documentary made by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck of their early ’70s video footage of the New York Dolls, was released in 2005 with a follow-up DVD, “Lookin’ Fine On Television” released in 2011.

In the spring of 2007 FAAP University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, presented an exhibition of Bob Gruen’s work. 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.

Bob’s “Sid Vicious with Hot Dog” photo was acquired by The National Portrait Gallery, London, in 1999 for their permanent collection.
The Experience Music Project, Seattle, acquired his “Clash Live in Boston”, “Tina Turner Multiple Image”, and “Bloody Sid Vicious” photos for their permanent collection in March 2012.

In 2011 award winning director Don Letts made a feature length film titled ‘Rock & Roll Exposed – the Photography of Bob Gruen’ including interviews with Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Alice Cooper, Yoko Ono, Billie Joe Armstrong and many more.

Bob was presented in June 2004 with MOJO Magazine’s prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image in London and in November 2010 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. For his many charitable contributions, Bob received the first ever John Lennon Real Love Award in December 2014 at the 32nd Annual John Lennon Tribute Concert.

More recently he has also photographed Green Day’s tour of Europe, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Jesse Malin, Ryan Adams, Courtney Love, The Strypes and other new popular acts.

Bob Gruen Interview by Carlo McCormick (originally posted in The New York Trash)

After many years of photographing a wide range of famed celebrities, Peter Nash now focuses on his attention on the subject that he loves most, dogs. Having studied 19th-century dog paintings that encapsulated furry companions in beautifully rendered light, he discovered that he could create the same aesthetic using photography. Thus Peter embarked upon one of his most famous and touching works, “Portraits in Fur”. This collection showcases dogs, as Peter describes, “at peace in the home and world they pass through.”

Peter presented this spectacular collection at Two Old Hippies and donated $300 for each commission sold to Emmylou Harris’ Bonaparte’s Retreat Rescue Mission, which provides nurturing care for adoptable dogs.

Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You?” and dozens more). Behind the scenes he’s produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, and Sinead O’Connor, racking up numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe, and Grammy Awards along the way.

In 2011, Stewart co-wrote and co-produced Stevie Nicks’ critically acclaimed solo album, In Your Dreams, marking the first time Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo effort. Following their successful album collaboration, Nicks recently returned to the studio with Stewart for a two week session in Nashville recording “songs from the vault,” Nicks’ soon-to-be released solo album 24 Karat Gold, contains recordings of lost demos discovered by Nicks fans.

A founder of the aptly-titled heavyweight musical group, SuperHeavy, Stewart’s collaboration with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and A.R. Rahman was released in September 2011. Their self titled album, SuperHeavy, was hailed as one of the “Best Albums of 2011” by Rolling Stone.

The August 2011 release of Stewart’s own record, The Blackbird Diaries, his first solo project in over 13 years, and was recorded with some of Nashville’s top players in a whirlwind five-day session at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studios. The album, written by Stewart (with a co-write assist by Bob Dylan and guest appearances by Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat, and the Secret Sisters) is a reflective and story-driven journey, with nods to his blues inspirations, the price of success, and relationships both lost and found.

In Nov/Dec 2011, Stewart played a tour of Australia as the co-headliner with Stevie Nicks, performing in 12 cities across the continent to sold-out arenas.

2012 saw Stewart on the road as support for Sugarland on their In Your Hands Tour across the USA. Performing to crowds of country music loving fans, Stewart was a hit with songs off his album The Blackbird Diaries, as well as favorites from his past catalogue such as “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” recorded by Tom Petty. Closing each night, Sugarland performed an encore including Eurythmics’ “Would I Lie To You,” and “Here Comes The Rain Again” with Jennifer Nettles belting vocals and Stewart featured on guitar.

With The Blackbird Diaries receiving rave reviews around the world, Dave released his follow-up album, The Ringmaster General, featuring duets with Alison Krauss, Jessie Baylin and Diane Birch. On The Ringmaster General, Stewart creates a potent and distinctive musical gumbo, mixing rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues, and psychedelia. His songs are alternately moving and wry; they are filled with twists and turns- both musical and lyrical – that constantly surprise with repeated listens.

In September 2012, Stewart launched his new album The Ringmaster General, at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. The special sold-out and star-studded show

included surprise guest appearances by John Mayer and Orianthi on dueling guitars, as well as Colbie Caillat and Australian legends Delta Goodrem and Vanessa Amorosi all joining Dave on vocals.

Dave played a second show for his album launch, this time in Nashville to commemorate the recording of both albums at the famed Blackbird Studios. The performance highlighted songs from The Ringmaster General and The Blackbird Diaries, which featured duets with country legends such as Alison Krauss, Martina McBride and the “who’s who” of Nashville players. Dave performed this special Nashville gig at The Mercy Lounge and was joined by legendary guitarist Tom Bukovac, Sarah Buxton, and Jessie Baylin, while fellow musicians Nathan and Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) were among the star-studded crowd.

Following the show at The Mercy Lounge, Stewart played the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct 27th.

His film “The Ringmaster General: The Making of Two Explosive Albums in One Rocking Documentary” premiered in the United States on Palladia (VH1/MTV) Nov. 2nd and in the UK on SkyArts.

Lucky Numbers, released in Summer 2013, merged Dave Stewart’s rock and country influences, backed once again by the best players in Nashville: guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, pianist Mike Rojas, accordionist Kieran Kiely and steel guitarist Dan Dugmore. For Lucky Numbers, they all journeyed to the South Pacific to record the album.

Teaming up with the colorful characters from Lucha VaVoom featuring Rita D’Albert, Stewart debuted the first ever “VaVoom—A Rock ‘N Roll Circus” in front of an exuberant, packed crowd at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

“He’s reinvented a rock show as a dynamic, multi-dimensional circus of rock, roll, rhythm and soul, with goodly portions of burlesque and vaudeville, verve, whimsy and joy,” raved Paul Zollo of American Songwriter magazine (3/17/14).

The show’s wildly diverse set list encompassed material from Stewart’s solo catalog and Eurythmics’ vault of hits–along with covers of songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. The performances achieved an exciting new dimension with intertwined circus elements featuring aerial acrobats, burlesque dancers, pole queens, contortionists, clowns and other button-pushing characters. Reveling in the festivities were such luminaries as Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh.

The night included special guests such as, Grace Potter (of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) on a powerhouse rendition of Eurythmics’ 1984 hit “Here Comes The Rain Again,” Stewart’s young daughter, Kaya Stewart on a vivid and vocally skillful version of the Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and Eurythmics classic “Missionary Man,” along with Australlia’s multi-award winning, Vanessa Amorosi providing larger-than-life vocals on the Eurythmics’ “Would I Lie To You” and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Literally putting the cherry on top of the show in the finale, Rita D’Albert vocally dug her heels into the Runaways’ rebellious classic “Cherry Bomb.”

Just as The Ringmaster General was released with a creative and tongue-in-cheek documentary about the making of the album, the unpredictable adventures with Lucha Vavoom at The El Rey were captured on film, and aired on Palladia, inviting audiences from around the world to experience Dave Stewart live onstage.

A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist.

“An explosive musician, deft guitar player, innately recognizes the genius in other people and puts it into play without being manipulative.” – Bob Dylan

“Jack of All Trades Master of All of Them” – The Sunday Times

“He’s the musician’s musician.” – Rolling Stone

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