and Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen
This one falls under docs you may have missed – but shouldn’t.
Many know the name Bob
Gruen. Others – who are into rock and roll, or music
for that matter, should. He’s the guy who was there. Gruen
has captured a zillion iconic rock group images; on and off
this was back when cameras still required a lot of knowledge and
preferably an eye behind the lens. Bob Gruen began shooting his
scene which happened to be NYC bars that had live music –
during the “early years” when glimmer, folk, punk
and rock were all clamoring for the microphone.
many a fantastical fable goes…Bob found himself wandering
down a lovely path of circumstances, towards safety pin attached
off-shoots and meandering right smack into a few of the greatest
musicians the world has ever known. All the while, snapping tangible
images of these magical theatrical beings in their element; little
moments of the occasions to share with the mere mortals he later
walked among as the day would dawn...
documentary has Gruen, and many others you’ll be tickled
to hear and see, talk about the story behind the picture of folks
Pistols and so forth. It is not unlike say pure uncut heroin
style educating if you’re an inspiring photographer. There
is more than a coupla fantastic tips or two – even if today
anyone can aim and click – Gruen's work is emotional human
art that brings you in and there.
Gruen has many famous people populating his images - people born
to be in pictures as they say. The most recognizable is probably
in a New York tee, arms folded, skyline set behind him; the lad’s
new home, as Nixon and the FBI attempted to boot him.
being of a certain age, I’d gotten all the magazines Gruen
took images for by hopping upon a train to Newberry Street and
a handing over allowance coins for the visual glee. His images
were always more than just adorable rebel-fueled guys and wild
chickbabes on a stage. As one interviewee said, “It was
before internet” - ad that it was also how music fiends
discovered new groups or followed their beloved. The Rolling
Stone cover of Keith Moon in top hat…and the Clash
on the roof poster. Both Gruen. Who knew? Well, me…but,
you get the drift.
is still out-all-night snapping groups that he likes (now White
Stripes and Green
Day for example). Here, along with the history of Gruen, you’ll
watch rock and roll shape via images and commentary. The film
is really a must view for anyone into the art of capturing moments
upon film. Not poses so much – though certainly a few are
planned – but that certain literal snapshot of life as it
was happening. The film is about 30 minutes too long - you may
be eyeing exit signs - but give the guy his due.
Gruen Stuff! Lennon, Clash, Keef etc etc.