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Friday, September 23, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Bob Gruen


You know that great picture of John Lennon? Which one? Doesn’t really matter – any picture of John Lennon that’s worth seeing was probably taken by photographer Bob Gruen. The legendary rock photographer has taken some of the most iconic pictures of musicians and bands such as Blondie, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Green Day. See a few of his pictures here and here.

Bob will be at 92YTribeca on Monday, September 26 talking about his career and new book, Rock Seen, with musician, writer, record producer and member of Patti Smith’s band Lenny Kaye.

What does his media and culture diet look like? He goes to great lengths to get The New York Times when traveling, or at least an International Herald Tribune, has a Twitter account but hasn’t used it yet, and his favorite piece of art in his home is “a graffiti piece I took off the street in 1981 by Futura 2000

Read the 92Y Culture Klatsch with Bob Gruen, below.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I wake up to The New York Times outside my door, and when I’m traveling I’ll go to great lengths to get one, or at least an International Herald Tribune.

What are your favorite websites?
Mine - and,,,, and

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I look at Facebook but don’t post too often, I have a twitter account but haven’t used it yet

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr

What magazines do you subscribe to?
The New Yorker, National Geographic, MOJO, Rock & Folk

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

What’s the last movie you saw?
Serge Gainsbourg’s A Heroic Life

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
American Idiot

What’s the last music purchase you made?
Putumayo presents: Blues Around the World

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
Andrew Loog Oldham on Sirius Satellite radio

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
A graffiti piece I took off the street in 1981 by Futura 2000.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
Sit in Abingdon Square park, or go upstate to a cottage in the Catskills.

Hear more from Bob Gruen at 92YTribeca on Monday, September 26.

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