Bob Gruen attended the Photo Exhibit of his pictures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono from their New York years, at the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Ginza, Tokyo. The Exhibit, organised by Image Planning International for Mitsukoshi, was a great success drawing over a thousand visitors daily. Based on his limited edition book "Sometime in New York City" (Genesis Publications) there were over 100 photos on display and a new catalog of the show was made available. On Dec 7 and 11 Bob signed copies of the catalog for an eager crowd of fans, who queued patiently for hours to get signatures and pose for photos.
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Did Bob Gruen give a speech about his books, about his photos , about his friendship with J&Y ?
No, he didn't at all. All he did was to give the audience autographs each. There was no interpreter hired there. Most of them don't speak English. So there were few people that actually spoke to him. Most of them were speechless when getting the autographs. No music related items are usually sold in the department store. That day, specially guitars and music items were for sale.
Bob Gruen was interviewed by the Japan Times : John and Joe: singin' bout their generations By PHILIP BRASOR Special to The Japan Times