In a career spanning more than four decades documenting music as it evolved
in and around his hometown of New York City, pioneering rock 'n' roll
photographer Bob Gruen
has pretty much seen it all.
Among the icons he's photographed are John Lennon and Yoko Ono; The Ramones;
Tina Turner; Alice Cooper; the New York Dolls; and The Clash. More recently,
Gruen covered Green Day during their 2010 world tour.
He's learned from the artists he covered along the way. Gruen says Joe
Strummer, for instance, "...encouraged me to always see something unique and
beautiful in everything I look at."
You toured with Green Day last year. What was that like?
Oh yeah, I really have a lot of fun with those guys, they are among the
funniest people I know. They're constantly cracking each other up. They're
great. They're one of the best band's I've hung out with, and I really enjoy
their music and I really enjoy them. They're punks, they've got a real great
attitude. You know that Walmart is one of the biggest sellers [of CDs] -- I
think Walmart sells about half the CDs and albums in the U.S., and they're very
strict about the language on CDs. Some bands will change the lyrics so that
Walmart will carry their record. When their last record came out, Green Day
refused to change their lyrics, and Walmart wouldn't carry the album. When they
asked Billie Joe how he felt about that, he said, "Well if they think it's
dangerous why don't they just move it out of the record department and sell it
over by the guns and knives and the other dangerous things they sell." That's
the reason I like Green Day. They just have common sense and a good sense of
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