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Photographer Bob Gruen Comes to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to talk about working with the Clash

CLEVELAND (October 13, 2006) – Famed photographer Bob Gruen will come to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on October 25, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to talk about his experience photographing the Clash. This event is in conjunction with the Rock Hall’s newest exhibit Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash.

Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll. From Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones; Elvis to Madonna; Bob Dylan to Bob Marley; John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, he has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition.

Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko’s personal photographer and friend, making photos of their working life as well as private moments. In 1974 he created the iconic images of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt and, standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign – two of the most popular of Lennon’s images.

Bob has worked with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss and Alice Cooper. In 1989, he documented the epic trip to Russia of the “Moscow Music Peace Festival” featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. For many years Bob was the official photographer for the New York New Music Seminar, covering dozens of aspiring new bands in the course of a summer week.

As chief photographer for Rock Scene magazine in the 1970s, Bob specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie.

In June, 2004, in London, Bob was presented with MOJO Magazine’s prestigious Honours List Award for Classic Image.

This event is free with a reservation. Please RSVP to edu@rockhall.org or call 216.515.8426.

About Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash exhibit
The first major exhibit on the Clash’s legacy in rock and roll history, Revolution Rock examines the music and lives of the band through a display of well-known instruments, stage clothing, rare memorabilia and never-before-seen original manuscripts and artifacts from the band. Among the highlights are Joe Strummer’s Fender Telecaster, Mick Jones’ Gibson Les Paul Jr., Paul Simonon’s smashed bass guitar from the cover of “London Calling,” and handwritten lyrics for “London Calling,” “Know Your Rights” and “Clampdown.” This exhibit came about through the direct involvement of the band members themselves and the family of the late Joe Strummer. The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003

About the Clash
Unique in the history of modern music, the Clash was one of the most explosive and exciting bands to come out of the fertile late-1970’s London scene. The Clash took the manic anger of British punk and transformed it into a political and aesthetic agenda. The classic line-up of the Clash was together only seven years. In that time, they defined punk rock from a British perspective, celebrated the American roots of rock and roll, and embraced Jamaican ska, dub and reggae sounds. Their debut album became the best-selling imported record when it was denied a U.S. release. Album after album, as they railed against the status quo of corporate rock and safe middle-class values, the Clash was a burning reminder of why punk mattered.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays the Museum is open until 9:00 p.m. Museum admission is $20.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (60+), $11 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free.