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Rock Under Fire

May 2, 2017

Legendary rock and roll photographer and author, Bob Gruen joins us for our one-year anniversary episode. We discuss Bob's career producing iconic images that have very often provided the narrative for rock and roll for the past 50 years. Bob is synonymous with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Kiss, The New York Dolls, Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, and a mind-numbing host of other rock and roll legends. It is also difficult to think of Bob Gruen without thinking of his home, stomping ground, and workplace, New York City. He is, without a doubt, New York's premier photographer, and one of the most important that rock and roll music has ever seen. In this little tribute episode to the power of the image in rock music, we're honored to be joined by Bob. Mike also gives his review of the Fyre Festival. Mike Derrico and Pat Ivanitski are your hosts in the absence of co-host Stick Nixon. Go to Bob Gruen's website at

We thank all of our supporters who stepped up to get behind this brand new podcast this past year. We make it a point not to focus on any one particular artist, band, or genre of music, but with that comes the reality that our show may not always appeal to everyone at the same time. The seven decades of rock and roll music along with its even longer history gives us an extremely broad canvas to create discussions on, drawing from different areas with each episode. So there is still always something for everyone.

In the previous 21 episodes we've discussed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, Doo Wop, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Steely Dan, The Strokes, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Velvet Underground, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Heart, Dave Grohl, Jack White, digital streaming, the state of the music industry and record labels, the effect of rap and hip hop on rock, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Counting Crows, Boston, The Temptations, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, the Smithereens, Suzanne Vega, Van Halen, Rick Rubin, The Gun Club, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Mekons, UFO, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chuck Klosterman, John Philip Sousa, Billy Joel, The Wipers, Iron Maiden, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Waits, Thin Lizzy, the Bee Gees, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Bob Marley, 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, J Geils Band, the Desert Trip concerts, aging rock stars, our favorite debut albums, soundtracks, music licensing, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and our most overrated and underrated artists. We've also been joined by two special guests, author and photographer Lydia Criss and writer and director Michael Lee Nirenberg. PLEASE RATE AND REVIEW OUR PODCAST ON iTUNES...WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

Special thanks to Aaron Novak


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