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 and capturing the early CBGB/Max’s Kansas City scene, to hanging out with John and Yoko and 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 Rock Seen (Abrams Books; September 2011; U.S. $45.00/Can. $52.00; ISBN: 978-0-8109-9772-1), Gruen has curated his favorite photographs from his career and paired them with intimate captions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. This lavish monograph features such illustrious acts as the Clash, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and much more, and includes an introduction by the legendary Debbie Harry of Blondie. The official monograph of rock and roll’s most famous photographer, Rock Seen is a must-have for all rock fans.