Posts tagged “Bob Powers”

  • Bobby’s Book event at Barnes & Noble

    March 18, 2013


    On Tuesday, March 12th former gang member and drug addict Bob Powers, acclaimed photographer Bruce Davidson, and author Emily Davidson, gathered at Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side of New York to discuss Bob’s incredible story of survival and recovery, all detailed in Bobby’s Book.

    Growing up park side—on the west side of Prospect Park—in the 1950s and 60s, Bob barely had a chance. His family wasn’t dysfunctional, the whole neighborhood was. Alcoholism was as common as tattoos and territorial fights at the 9th Street neighborhood line. The nuns at school were cruel and Bobby didn’t learn to read or write—not until he set out to master these basics in his 40s. Instead he honed his reputation for being tough, wrangled with the police, and got into drugs.

    When he first tried heroin in his early twenties, he never imagined that it would lead to a black hole where for twenty years he would run million dollar drugs deals and then squander the money, cycle in and out of prison and through homelessness, and father three children who witnessed it all.

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  • Bruce Davidson, Emily Davidson and Bob Powers at Barnes and Noble in NY on March 12th

    March 12, 2013

    Join Bruce Davidson, Emily Davidson, and Bob Powers discussing Bobby’s Book
    Tuesday, March 12th, 7pm
    Barnes and Noble, Upper East Side
    150 E 86th St  New York, NY 10028

    Bob Powers has led a shocking and remarkable life, a childhood of violence and poverty followed by stints as a drug dealer and a heroin addict, before turning his life around and becoming a nationally respected drug counselor.

    Growing up in the rough neighborhood of South Park Slope in Brooklyn in the 50s and 60s, Bob joined a street gang called The Jokers, and became one the subjects of the critically acclaimed photographer Bruce Davidson. Bruce’s beautiful black and white photos of Bob and The Jokers, taken in 1959, were published in Esquire and then in a book called Brooklyn Gang in 1998.

    Bruce’s wife, Emily Davidson, began a long friendship with Bob and has now recorded his story in his own voice that offers a shocking glimpse into a world of the past, of rough and tumble Brooklyn streets, of the horrible price of addiction and the difficult journey of recovery.

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