What a coincidence. I just came from Barnes & Nobles where I spent almost an hour looking at Bob Gruen’s book, Rock Seen.
Of course the book included photos of acts both in and outside of the club, but I can honestly say none of them captured the aura of CBGB’s or the surrounding area as well as your photo, Matt.
Several years I was at the Morrison Hotel Gallery on Bowery (although I don’t think it’s there any more) checking out a Bob Gruen exhibition. Besides the woman behind the desk, I was the only one there. I was blown away by the show and the number of 1970s acts he captured on film. On my way out, the woman working was chatting with a man. As I approached them she said, “Oh….let me introduce you to the photographer of the exhibit…Bob Gruen.”
Unfortunately, I was star struck and probably didn’t make the best first impression or ask any of a million amazing questions he could have answered.
I did pull it together enough to ask if he’d sign a copy of the book he was selling at the gallery if I purchased it. He did.
A friend of mine worked on several projects with Bob and I met him at a few concerts. He has worked very hard. Harder than most people do in any field!
I can’t even begin to guess how many shows he has covered…