Starting in 1975 when he met future Talking Heads Byrne, Frantz & Weymouth at the Rhode Island School of Design, Grossman moved on to NYC and joined the in-crowd downtown. His subjects included the Talking Heads, of course, as well as folks like Andy Warhol, David Bowie, William Burroughs, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, and others, at places like CBGB and the Mudd Club. Special mention goes out for Bobby being the official photographer of Glenn O'Brien's TV Party cable access show!
Read the excerpt below written by Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth (check out their excellent new Tom Tom Club album here). It's one of the many contributions from the impressive list of Bobby's subjects & friends that you'll find inside. Big thanks to Bobby for the images & text.
Bobby is represented by Vertu Fine Art in Boca Raton, FL.
|On the set at TV Party|
|Talking Heads in the studio|
We knew that New York would become our city, too, and that one day we would be identified not as artists who came to New York, but as artists who came from New York. We used to say things like "When I'm rich and famous,H but what we really meant was not that we wished to become rich and famous. but that we hoped our art would be remembered by kids like us in the future.
There was a bar called CBGB on The Bowery of all places, and this is where some of us would make history. Our friend Bobby Grossman from RISD had the foresight to bring his camera to CBGB and to start shooting photos that chronicle those very intense and important early days. We are older now, but we remember that intensity very well and are so pleased to have been among his subjects. Bobby photographed the cover for a song we would become famous for, "Psycho Killer," that we had written when we were still students at RISD. It was that great art school education that set us apart from most of the other bands. We had been taught to always put something unique unto ourselves into our art. This what we did, and this is what Bobby did, too. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do.
- Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club)