Groovy Bob

The Life and Times of Robert Fraser

Harriet Vyner

Groovy Bob

Harriet Vyner

Distributed for Heni Publishing

350 pages | 15 color plates, 15 halftones | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9780993010392 Published June 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Robert Fraser owned a gallery in London at the height of the Swingin’ Sixties, and—as no less than Paul McCartney has said—he all but personified the period for his vast network of friends, fans, and hangers-on. This book tells Fraser’s story through the voices of those friends, including McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Kenneth Anger, Malcolm McLaren, Bridget Riley, and many more. An unprecedented close-up of the man who introduced the world to Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Claes Oldenburg, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michael Basquiat, Groovy Bob brings the ‘60’s London art scene, its wild parties and creative fervor, unforgettably to life.
Contents
Prologue
Introduction
  1. An Aesthete in the Making, 1937-50
  2. 2. The Best Club in the World, 1950-55
  3. A Bit of an Amusing Character, 1955-57
  4. Garden of Enchantment, 1958-62
  5. Belgravia Pansies, 1962-65
  6. Groovy Bob, 1965-67
  7. Swingeing London, 1967
  8. Grooving on Magick Current, 1968-69
  9. Lost Days, 1970-75
  10. The Ruffian on the Stairs, 1975-86
Afterword
Image Credits
Acknowledgments
Index
 
Review Quotes
Wall Street Journal
“If here was where Robert Fraser was, there was no better place to be.”
Los Angeles Times
“A fascinating slice of social history.”
Slate
“The definitive portrait of the man for whom the stars once aligned.”
Guardian
"An engrossing biography....Again and again, anecdotes from a seemingly endless party remind the reader just why the 60s are endlessly raked over: ex-army colleagues, poets, footballers, pop stars, actors and artists mingle in Fraser’s world, along with drug dealer Spanish Tony and a suggested underworld of rent boys and rough trade. Vyner never loses sight of what made Fraser the centre of attention."
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