John Rauch

Founder
john@rockstore.com
Rockstore Gallery
8437 Bell Oaks Dr, #174
Newburgh, IN 47630
 

Biography

In 1991 John Rauch started a small company called The Signature Art Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana. The gallery was located on the east side of town in the Broad Ripple area. They specialized in historic documents, vintage photos and of course some killer rock and roll memorabilia!

 

 
 
John Rauch, Bob Gruen, and Brick Briscoe in NYC

After making a bunch of new friends and business partners including Genesis Publications of England, Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voormann, Bob Gruen, Michael Putland and many others they decided to go full time in the rock and roll art business and changed the name to Rockstore in 2000.

John Rauch with Michael Putland signing prints for Rockstore in NYC.

Brick Briscoe, Baron Wolman, and John Rauch in Sante Fe

John has many years of experience in the traditional art world and has turned his love of art and music into a very enjoyable business. He has a BS in Theatre/Communications from Indiana State University and an MBA from Butler University. Wow, you really can mix art, business and your hobbies together!

John Rauch, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens, and Klaus Voormann
 

Nowadays, you can find him hanging out with friends and family, going to concerts, looking for new items to offer at Rockstore, or setting up his Rockstore exhibit and a national convention somewhere in the US.

"The thing that makes Rockstore so special is that we live it. The people we represent are friends and family to us. We know them personally, go to their homes, have fun and actually hang out together. We have the same kind of special relationship with our customers too and pride ourselves on excellent service." - John Rauch

 
 
 
 
Rockstore
312 S 9th St
Petersburg, IN 47630
 

rockstore gallery: artist biographies

Bob Gruen is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll. From Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones; Elvis to Madonna; Bob Dylan to Bob Marley; John Lennon to Johnny Rotten, he has captured the music scene for over forty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition.

Shortly after John Lennon moved to New York in 1971, Bob became John and Yoko's personal photographer and friend, making photos of their working life as well as private moments. In 1974 he created the iconic images of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt and, standing in front of the Statue of Liberty making the peace sign - two of the most popular of Lennon's images. Bob has worked with major rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss & Alice Cooper. In 1989, he documented the epic trip to Russia of the ³Moscow Music Peace Festival² featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. For many years Bob was the official photographer for the New York New Music Seminar, covering dozens of aspiring new bands in the course of a summer week. As chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine in the '70s, Bob specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with the emerging punk and new wave bands including the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie. This seminal body of work reflects a profound commitment and long-standing personal friendship with the artists. His wealth of personal experiences and uncanny memory provide the most illuminating and comprehensive histories of rock youth culture.

 

It was in San Francisco, in April, 1967, that Baron Wolman, then 30, met a 21-year-old Cal Berkeley student and freelance writer named Jann Wenner. Wolman had been photographing rock bands and Wenner had plans to form a new kind of music periodical with San Francisco Chronicle music writer, Ralph Gleason. Wolman agreed to join the new periodical, Rolling Stone, and work for free. He also insisted on ownership of all the photos he took for Rolling Stone, giving the magazine unlimited use of the pictures. Wolman began working for Rolling Stone from its first issue was published, and continued for another three years. Because of Wolman's virtually unlimited access to his subjects, his photographs of Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Phil Spector, Jim Morrison, Ike & Tina Turner, and other musicians were the graphic centerpieces of Rolling Stone's layout.

For the most part, Wolman eschewed the studio and never used on-camera strobes, preferring informal portraiture, a style appropriate to both the musicians he was documenting as well as the audience for these photographs. Wolman's approach was gradually supplanted by highly stylized, mostly studio image makers, whose pictures were published only upon the approval of the musician and of his or her management. This evolution can be traced on the subsequent covers of Rolling Stone through the years.

 

In 1965 Klaus Voormann received a call from John Lennon asking him to design the cover of The Beatles' next LP. Klaus had been out of the art scene for some time, playing bass in Paddy, Klaus & Gibson. And now he was being asked to design a record cover for the most famous band in history! Klaus accepted the challenge, and he spent the next couple of weeks coming up with different ideas for the cover. He had the idea that he wanted The Beatles’ hair to be a focus, and in contrast to what was being done by everyone else, he wanted to do a black and white cover. He tried different ideas, and eventually (from memory) he drew the four line drawings of John, Paul, George and Ringo, then placed photos in and around the drawings.

The Revolver cover was well received by The Beatles, George Martin, and Brian Epstein, who cried tears of joy upon seeing it. With Revolver, The Beatles' music had taken a different direction. It was more psychedelic and less about love and relationships. This change in musical direction made Brian unsure of how the public would receive the new sound, and he believed that Klaus’s cover would be a bridge for that change and help people to accept the new direction. As it happened, at the 9th Annual Grammy Awards in 1966, Klaus was awarded the Grammy for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. It was the first time anyone had ever won for a graphic cover.

 

Astrid Kirchherr (born 20 May 1938) is a German photographer and artist and is well known for her association with The Beatles (along with her friends Klaus Voormann and Jürgen Vollmer) and her photographs of The Beatles during their Hamburg days. Kirchherr met artist Stuart Sutcliffe in the Kaiserkeller bar in Hamburg in 1960, where he was playing bass with The Beatles, and was later engaged to him before his death in 1962. Although Kirchherr has taken very few photographs since 1967, her early work has been exhibited in Hamburg, Bremen, London, Liverpool, New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Vienna, and at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Kirchherr has published three limited edition books of photographs.

 

Steve Emberton worked as the staff photographer for the music paper Record Mirror in the 70's. He also worked for NME, Sounds and other magazines, newspapers, record and PR companies. He has photographed pop stars, TV personalities, politicians, actors, and models - his photos have been used on album sleeves, in magazines, newspapers and on TV for over thirty years in countries all around the world.

Rolling Stone Magazine selected one of Steve's pictures of Sid and Nancy for their 50th Anniversary Of Rock, Fifty Greatest Portraits Issue (Sept. 2004) alongside the work of others like Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Herb Ritts, David Bailey and Annie Leibovitz.