60 Incredible Photographs of Rock Stars Taken by Bob Gruen in the 1970s and 1980s

For 40 years, Bob Gruen’s name has been synonymous with rock and roll. From taking early photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner, to capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene to covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day, Gruen has always been at the right place at the right time—and he’s always gotten the shot. In this lavish monograph, Gruen has curated his favorite photographs from his career, with intimate captions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

Featuring such illustrious acts as the Clash, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Ramones, and more, here’s a collection of 60 rare and stunning black and white photographs of Rock stars taken by Bob Gruen during the 1970s.

Keith Richards and Tina Turner, NYC, 1983
David Bowie, 1972
Alice Cooper and Liza Minnelli, NYC, 1973
Alice Cooper and Salvador Dali, NYC, 1973
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, NYC, 1980
Michael Jackson, 1977
Elton John, 1970
Elton John and Bernie Taupin, 1971
Iggy Pop, 1977
Mick Jagger, 1972
Clash and Bo Diddley, Cleveland, 1979
Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger, NYC, 1978
Paul Stanley, Tokyo, Japan, 1977
Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, 1978
Keith Moon and Leslie West,1974
Ike and Tina Turner, NYC, 1971
Ramones, NYC, 1975
Johnny Rotten, Atlanta, 1978
Sid Vicious, Baton Rouge 1978
Steven Tyler, London, England, 1976
Kiss, NYC, 1974
Keith Richards, NYC, 1993
John Lennon and Sean Lennon, NYC, 1975
Iggy Pop, Los Angeles, 1974
Tina Turner, Paris, France, 1984
Joe Strummer, USA Tour, 1980
Stilettos, NYC, 1974
Paul Simonon and Debbie Chronic, USA Tour, 1980
Queen, Memphis, 1974
Sex Pistols, Luxembourg, 1977
Bob Dylan, NYC, 1974
Frank Zappa, NYC, 1975
John Lennon, Yoko, and Mick Jagger, NYC, 1972
David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Roberta Flack, NYC, 1975
Debbie Harry, Boston, MA, 1977
Blondie, Toronto, 1977
Elton John
Ramones, NYC, 1975
Freddie Mercury, NYC, 1976
Rod Stewart, NYC, 1974
Aerosmith, NYC 1973
Tina Turner, Elton John, Ann Margret, John Entwistle, Keith Moon and Pete Townshend, 1975
Iggy Pop, Cyrinda Fox, David Bowie and Lisa Robinson, NYC, 1977
Sabel Starr with Kim Fowley, 1973
Joey Ramone, Linda Stein, David Bowie, Dee Dee and Vera Ramone, 1978
David Byrne and Andy Warhol, 1978
New York Dolls’ Johnny Thunder and David Johansen, 1973
Kiss, New Jersey, 1974
Alice Cooper, John Lennon and May Pang NYC, 1974
John Cale, Lou Reed and Andy Warhol, NYC, 1976
Joan Jett, Chris Stein and Debbie Harry, Philadelphia, 1978
Ace Frehley, Japan, 1978
Led Zeppelin, NYC, 1973
Elton John and Stevie Wonder, Starship Airplane 1973
Johnny Thunders, Sable Starr and Iggy Pop, 1977
Runaways, Long Island, NY 1976
Joan Jett, Sunset Marquis, 1978
Elton John and John Lennon, 1974
New York Dolls, NYC, 1974
Queen, NYC, 1977

(Photos by Bob Gruen)

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