Between The Lines-Bob Gruen

October 2, 2011

Every Sunday in the month of ‘Rocktober’, I will be introducing you to a book dedicated to the work of a celebrated photographer who, like myself, specializes in shooting musicians. I start with legendary photographer Bob Gruen and his fantastic new book, “Rock Seen”. Starting out in New York in the late sixties, Gruen has shot some of the biggest names in music, many of them as they were starting out as unknowns, including such bands as Kiss, The New York Dolls and The Ramones.

Often becoming friends with his subjects, he had access that many would never dream of and thus coming away with some remarkably intimate and iconic images. This collection gathers more than 500 of Gruen’s black and white and color photos over the last 40+ years within the 288 pages, often with Gruen’s own personal captions included. As a music photographer, I found myself relating to Gruen’s story and anecdotes on a personal level but anyone can appreciate the beautifully magnificent and historic document this volume offers.