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April 12, 2017

Photo exhibit gives intimate look at rock 'n' roll icons

'ROCKERS' features photographer Bob Gruen's work

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photo by Bob Gruen of the band Led Zeppelin in 1973 Source/BOB GRUEN

A photo by Bob Gruen of the band Led Zeppelin in 1973.

Drexel University will open the photo exhibit "ROCKERS" on Thursday, April 13, featuring the work of Bob Gruen.

Gruen, who covered the New York City music scene, photographed music icons like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Tina Turner, James Brown and John Lennon.

He eventually became Lennon's personal photographer and friend. The iconic photo of Lennon wearing a New York City T-shirt was captured by Gruen.

Source/Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen captured this iconic photo of John Lennon wearing a New York City T-shirt in 1974.

Gruen’s photography has been used extensively in print, and his work is included in the collections of The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. 

His photos have also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

The Drexel exhibit will "make you feel like you are back stage, on tour and peering into the personal lives of rock and roll legends," according to a press release.

One hundred twenty-four photographs will be on display.

Gruen will be at the exhibit on opening night from 5-7 p.m. He will return on Wednesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. for a conversation with music journalist Rona Elliot.


Thursday, April 13 through Friday, May 26
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
3401 Filbert St.