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Bob Gruen is a pre-eminent roll ‘n’ roll photographer who has captured images of icons such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. In his latest book, “Right Place, Right Time: The Life of a Rock & Roll Photographer” (Abrams Press, $32.50), Gruen shares his stories and photos. Though he has traveled worldwide, he still remembers his first big solo trip. “My mom sent me to a school in Switzerland the summer I was 15,” said Gruen, who was born and raised in New York. “I traveled alone through Dublin and Paris and Geneva to get there. It was amazing. I loved traveling and eating new foods. I met students from other countries and learned about their cultures.”

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The Los Angeles guitarist Patrick McDermott’s first album for Jack White’s Third Man imprint expands on ideas set forth on North Americans’ previous album, “Going Steady.”

Born in Los Angeles and currently a resident of California’s Bay Area, author Nancy Jooyoun Kim focuses on a daughter who investigates her mother’s mysterious death in her novel “The Last Story of Mina Lee” (Park Row, $27.99). An avid traveler, Kim says she still has a destination she’d like to check off her bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef,” she says. “(It) is now in so much danger, because of climate change and global warming.” For more information on Kim and her book, check out her website (

Actor Sebastian Zurita views his hometown of Mexico City as another character on his Amazon Prime Spanish-language scripted series, “How to Survive Being Single” (“Como Sobrevivir Soltero”). Splitting his time between Mexico and the United States, Zurita, 33, traveled frequently prior to the coronavirus pandemic and said the destination was less important than his traveling companions. “I truly believe a dream trip comes from the people you are with and the type of trip you are making,” Zurita said. “Anything with friends without having to rush. I hate rushing.” The actor is active on Instagram (@szuritaoficial) and Facebook (@szuritab).

While isolating during a pandemic isn’t the best way to work on new music, singer-songwriter Kiiara is making the best out of an unfortunate situation. Based out of Chicago, the 25-year-old musician is celebrating the release of her latest single, “I Still Do,” which tackles how inexplicable your feelings about love can be. Her previous releases include “Open My Mouth” and her Linkin Park collaboration, “Heavy.” Fans may stay in touch with her on Instagram and Twitter (@kiiara), Facebook (@kiiaraofficial) and on her website (

After participating in the reality series, “The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart,” Rudi Gutierrez is concentrating on her first love: music. Rebranding herself simply as Rudi, the 25-year-old singer’s latest single is “Stupid Boy” – a not-so-cloaked account of her relationship with castmate Matt Ranaudo on “The Bachelor” spinoff. (They are no longer together.) She has a home in Los Angeles, but has been social distancing in San Antonio, Texas, since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. Fans may keep tabs on her music on Instagram (username @itsjustrudi).

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