Not just anyone could become John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s personal photographer—but then, Bob Gruen wasn’t just any photographer. The New Yorker had a knack for capturing even rock’s surliest frontmen, focusing his lens on everyone from the former Beatle to the Sex Pistols to Led Zeppelin. This is the guy who Alice Cooper dubbed “the ultimate backstage pass,” and it all becomes very clear why while watching Don Letts’ documentary on Gruen, Rock’n’Roll Exposed
. With a free screening on Sunday as part of BAMcinemaFest, there’s no excuse to not see it. Before you do, blast Double Fantasy
and pull on one of these rock star-inspired pieces.
There is a name for women who wear shoes like this pair
from Jeffrey Campbell: stone cold fox. We bet Debbie Harry—or hell, half the guys in New York Dolls—had platforms like these in their closets.($135 at Shoe Market; 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, 718-388-8495)
One of Gruen’s most famous photographs is of a cross-armed, New York City tee-wearing John Lennon. We’re not saying anyone could ever replicate that look, but this Smith + Butler top
is a worthy 21st century successor.($40 at Smith + Butler; 225 Smith Street, Cobble Hill, 718-855-4295)