Groovy Bob

Harriet Vyner

  • May 2016  
  • 978-0-9930103-9-2  
  • 208 x 130 mm | 8 x 5 in  
  • PB 384 pp  
  • 20 colour & 30 b/w 


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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.

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.