Sao Paulo, Brazil: Cosac Naify. SIGNED by Bob Gruen on the Sid Vicious side on the book on the John Lennon photograph page. With Rock On LA 2011. Rockers exhibition catalogue from Brazil. Open the book on the John Lennon side for the complete catalog of the exhibition.Open on the Sid Vicious side for many full-size photos and Bob Gruen's text in both Brazilian Portuguese and English. Featuring Iconic Images of John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Debbie Harry and others. Bob Gruen is a stealth artist. Hes one of those people thats had a tremendous impact on rock and roll culture, produced work thats been seen and loved by virtually everybody, whether they knew the name of its creator or not. Rockers provides a sidelong glance at the decadent 1970s from one of its most illustrious observers.
Certainly, among those of us who read Circus, Creem and Rock Scene religiously during the seventies and paid attention to the credits, Gruen was a rock star himself. All those incredible moments that we could never be cool enough to experience in person, whether it be Led Zeppelin showing off their private jet, John and Yoko Ono-Lennon showing off newborn Sean in the hospital, or Sid Vicious showing off his broken nose, he was there, taking pictures, showing us how great it must have been to be him. As much as any photographer of the period, Gruen knew how to present the larger-than-life moment to the bored, suburban kid who needed a visual to go with the stacks of vinyl. Those were pre-music video days no VCRs, no cable, and a grand total of six TV stations. You could read about bands like Suicide and the Ramones but you never got to see footage of them.
Even if you managed to get hold of the records, you had to make up in your head what it all looked and felt like, based on the music, the record cover and maybe a few pictures in a magazine. Since the supply of available images was so limited, each one you did get to lay your eyes on became extra-important. So it was in that climate, where kids getting into music still had to use their imaginations, that Bob Gruen came along, and basically owned the scene. His live stuff always looked thrilling, like the most intense concerts ever given by anyone, no matter who the subject was.
And his posed shots, different though they are, all have an interesting quality: his subjects all seem to like him. They dont look at him as an outsider, hes right there in the scene with them. He was John and Yokos photographer of choice for years, as well as the only professional journalist embedded in the Sex Pistols 1978 US tour.
That he pulled off both gigs says volumes about not only his technical mastery but his ability to be trusted with the moment, however intense. Light wear to the covers. Dings to the side edge, Sid Vicious front cover. Internally, clean, bright and tight.The item "SIGNED Bob Gruen Rockers John Lennon Sid Vicious Led Zeppelin Debbie Harry PB" is in sale since Wednesday, January 29, 2014. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "hmxa15a" and is located in Island Park, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.