Leonard Bernstein’s lover has died

John Gruen, who wrote authorised coffee-table books about famous musicians and dancers, has passed on at 89.

His subjects included Bernstein (who was also his lover), Menotti, Erik Bruhn and Keith Haring.

He defined himself in a late interview as ‘ a writer, critic, journalist, bon vivant, gadfly, busybody, father, husband, queer, neurotic workaholic. Let’s just go back to my old self as handmaiden to the stars, reveller in reflected glory and needy intimate of the super famous.’

His final book blew the whistle on his partners.

john gruen

 

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