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Groovy Bob



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A cult biography of 60s London gallerist Robert Fraser by British writer Harriet Vyner.

Acclaimed on first publication, Harriet Vyner’s Groovy Bob is the cult biography of hedonistic gallery owner Robert Fraser and a dazzling evocation of 1960s culture and counter-culture. Taste-maker, heroin addict and promiscuous homosexual, Fraser astonished London with the artists he introduced: Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Claes Oldenburg, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Told through the voices of those who knew him best – Paul McCartney, Richard Hamilton, Mick Jagger, Bridget Riley, Keith Richards, Kenneth Anger, Malcolm McLaren and Vyner herself – Groovy Bob is a brilliant biography and a searing portrait of the most exhilarating period in post-war British social history.

This republication features a new afterword by the author and colour plates including works from the major exhibition A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser, curated by Vyner and Brian Clarke at Pace London, 2015.

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May 2016




208mm x 130mm





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Harriet Vyner lives between London and Yorkshire. She is the author of Among Ruins, the co-author of Jools Holland’s autobiography Bare Faced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts, and the co-curator of the exhibition A Strong Smell of Incense: A Portrait of Robert Fraser at Pace London, 2015.

The Guardian – Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser by Harriet Vyner review -- the man handcuffed to Mick Jagger

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