Tiny Tim, Los Angeles, 1968
Baron will make one stop in Los Angeles on the Cosmic World Book Tour on July 14th. Hosted by the Duncan Miller Projects Gallery, Baron will be signing copies of the Rolling Stone Years book.
The book is packed with personal stories. We’re sharing snippets here to encourage you to buy it! “I was worried about how this session might turn out. Tiny was a mercurial eccentric, as eccentric as Zappa but in a different way, so we had to figure out a way to put him at ease; you don’t put Tiny at ease the way you put somebody else at ease, right? So we bought a bouquet of daisies and said, ‘Tiny this is for you,’ and he went crazy, he held them to his chest and he kept smiling and thanking us, smiling and thanking.”
Victoria Smith, Glastonbury Music Festival 2011 © Dave Brolan
The Baron Wolman Cosmic Book Tour Team is in effect in all corners of the world. Here we find friend and dedicated music photographer Victoria Smith looking gorgeous while she works hard shooting the main stage at this year’s Glastonbury music festival, “elegantly dressed in Wolman-Wear” – thanks to friend and editor Dave Brolan for sending in his report. Hope you kids aren’t drowning in mud!
Dave Brolan, Glastonbury Music Festival 2011 © Victoria Smith
Hell’s Angels en route to the Altamont Speedway, Livermore, CA, 1969
The Cosmic Book Tour continues in Cleveland, Ohio. July 8 – 10 Baron will be at the Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, signing copies of his new book in conjunction with the dudes at Rock Art Show and local station Majic 105.7. However you can get there, get there if you can!
As I have previously reported, the Baron Wolman Cosmic World Book Tour kicked off in Moscow last month. The Russian edition of OK! magazine, a weekly publication devoted to news, celebrities and royalty, fittingly celebrated Baron’s show at Pobeda Gallery, Moscow, with a two-page spread. We can’t read the cover but it does feature Jane Fonda, another famous American whose work is best known from the 60s.
Rolling Stone Magazine’s Special Summer Double Issue is now on newsstands. “New book from mag’s first chief photog reveals the height of Sixties rock” features two pages of tales and photos.
The article will be on rollingstone.com soon. Remember, you can order a limited edition of the book now, with the regular copy available to pre-order. Just see our ‘Buy now‘ section!
Eric Clapton, Fillmore East, New York City, 1970
By 1970, Baron slowly realizes he himself has gained a little fame: “Once I went to the Fillmore East to shoot a show, I think Eric Clapton was playing with Delaney & Bonnie. I went to the stage door where my name was supposed to be on the list. “What’s your name?” “Baron Wolman.” “Oh, you’re already here.” Somebody had impersonated me and gone in earlier! I was flattered; by then my name had some clout.”
Grace Slick, San Francisco, 1968
Times do change – “I asked Grace to pose for me in her Girl Scout vest. From that session I got one particularly perfect, really cool photo of her, one that years later, when she started painting, she used as the basis for one of her canvases as well as her website logo.”
Listen as Baron Wolman talks about his life in counter-intelligence in post-WWII Berlin, before becoming Rolling Stone Magazine’s first photographer.
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“I look back and I realize that having this opportunity at Rolling Stone was a gift from the Gods. I found I could talk with my camera better than I could talk with my mouth.”
Ruby Tuesday sporting her customized tee shirt in Moscow’s Red Square, May 2011
Buy one of our gorgeous ‘Cosmic Book Tour’ all-cotton tee shirts. Customize it, send us a picture and we’ll consider it for inclusion in the blog.
Jimi Hendrix, Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, 1968
“We interviewed him before the concert. He was so quiet!”
Jimi was one of Baron’s absolute favorites to photograph. He always dressed well, he was so photogenic, he was an incredible performer… Read more about shooting Jimi and how Baron sees the music in the new book “The Rolling Stone Years”. “You’d have to work really hard to take a bad picture of Jimi.”