“Car Crash Debbie” – Debbie Harry of Blondie

Craig Davies for Art Sheep

Bob Gruen is something like an archbishop for the Rock & Roll music scene. Having photographed the biggest names of music, Gruen always achieves a unique artistic result, making his work stand out.

Gruen is well-known for his work as a personal photographer for John Lennon, during his time in New York City, with Lennon’s popular photo wearing a New York City t-shirt being his. Apart from Lennon, Gruen has taken some gorgeous photos of musicians such as Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, New York Dolls, Blondie, The Ramones and The Clash. “Photography has led me to some great experiences and enduring relationships,” the photographer says about his art and the people he met through it.

Check out a selection of images, capturing famous and successful musicians and bands, in Gruen’s special and cool way.

Joe Strummer, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash

Salvador Dali and the surreal Alice Cooper

Arthur Kane, David Johansen, Jerry Nolan, Johnny Thunders and Syl Sylvain of the New York Dolls

Joan Jett of The Runaways

Bob Dylan

Tina Turner

John Lennon

Mick Jagger

John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin

Chuck Berry

Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols

Keith Richards and Tina Turner

Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss