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Bob Gruen's rock 'n' roll flashback: The story behind 9 iconic rock images Add to ...

Joe Strummer, Iggy Pop, Sid Vicious: If you can picture a classic rock star, odds are Bob Gruen shot the picture you're thinking of. Working for Rock Scene Magazine in the 1970s (and as John Lennon's personal photographer), Gruen was able to capture some of the most iconic images of the emerging punk and new wave scenes. While his work has been compiled in various albums before - and posted on the walls of dorm rooms, dive bars and rehearsal spaces around the world - his new hardcover book, Rock Seen, is the first that spans his entire 45-year career. "It's like a diary of my life," he said in an interview from his New York gallery. "I didn't just visit the rock 'n' roll lifestyle as a journalist, I live it and I enjoy it, so it is very personal for me." From the 500-plus photos contained in the book, here are a few notable selections - and Gruen's behind-the-scenes recollections. (Bob Gruen's photos are on display at Liss Gallery, 140 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, until Nov. 3.)

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