Originally conceived as a private gift among friends to mark Yoko Ono’s 80th birthday – and now published at her request – SEE HEAR YOKO is a photographic tribute to an icon of contemporary American cultural history. The book, containing intimate portraits by legendary rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen, captures the complexity of Yoko Ono – activist, wife and mother from her days with John Lennon through the present.
Bob Gruen, who served as personal photographer to Lennon and Ono, documented their relationship as a couple and her life as a woman, wife, mother, avant-garde artist and peace activist. With words by Yoko Ono, edited from 25 years of candid conversations with Jody Denberg, mainstay of Austin TX rock radio, the book contains more than two hundred classic color and black and white photos from Gruen that intimately illuminate the life of an extraordinary woman.
Lavishly designed, including an introduction by Gruen and Denberg, a thank-you note from Ono, and published in partnership with Infinitum Nihil (Johnny Depp’s imprint), SEE HEAR YOKO describes a woman in love, in grief, in ascension and still at the forefront of creating art while working endlessly for peace.
Containing hundreds of photos in a stunning package, this is a must-have volume for photography collectors, cultural historians, art aficionados and rock and roll fans everywhere.
About Bob Gruen and Jody Denberg
Bob Gruen (photographs) has documented the rock music scene for more than 40 years, capturing classic images of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Blondie and Green Day, among many others. In 1971, Gruen formed a close friendship with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, going on to serve as the couple’s personal photographer and documenting concerts and press conferences as well as capturing intimate moments between John and Yoko and the first images of their son, Sean Lennon. Gruen took the iconic photographs of John Lennon wearing the New York City t-shirt and making the “V” peace sign in front of the Statue of Liberty. The subject of the Showtime documentary “Rock & Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen,” directed by Grammy winner Don Letts, Gruen’s work is part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London, and has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum. Bob Gruen lives and works in New York City. www.bobgruen.com
Jody Denberg (interviews) is a 30-year veteran of the Austin, Texas radio airwaves who has interviewed artists including Paul McCartney, R.E.M., Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Yoko Ono. An accomplished journalist whose work has been published in Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly and Record to name a few, Denberg is a featured DJ in the permanent radio exhibit in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He lives in Austin.
SEE HEAR YOKO is published by HarperCollins and is out on February 17th, at the price of $39.99.Semnat de LaRevista.ro