IKE & TINA: Photographer

Bob Gruen

Ike & Tina Turner - Bob Gruen - Photographer

From the booklet 'On The Road: 1971-72' / Copyright by Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen is an American author and photographer, best known for his music photographs, working with major artist such as John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John and Tina Turner.

Gruen credits Ike Turner with starting his career, as he first saw Ike & Tina Turner perform at Madison Square Garden during the Rolling Stones' American tour in 1969. In 1970, Gruen took photographs of the duo performing at the Honka Monka nightclub in Queens. He showed Ike the photos and was invited to join them on their tour. Gruen developed a friendship with the Turners and shot the cover of their 1971 album Nuff Said. In 2012, he released the home video On The Road: 1971–72, a documentary he and his then-wife Nadya filmed of the Turners at their home and on tour.

But Bob continued to take pictures also from Tina solo after she separated from Ike, among others backstage at The Ritz in New York City on January 1983 together with Keith Richards and David Bowie.

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