Joan Baez

Joan Baez, Big Sur Folk Festival, Esalen, Big Sur, CA, 1969

Joan Baez joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City before their encampment was shut down by Mayor Bloomberg a couple of weeks ago. Baez and many of her peers gave us some of our most enduring protest songs, making their presence felt in global counter-culture since the 60s. Decades later there is no excuse for the disparity between the haves and the have-nots in this land of ours, and for this imbalance we cannot give thanks. This thanksgiving let us, however, show our appreciation for all compassionate and generous contributions to our collective conscience and to today’s protesters for keeping up the good work of Baez and company.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fotobaron team.

London Book Signings

The Fotobaron at a book signing, Fopps, London, November 2011 © Dave Brolan

Demand is met during the Baron Wolman Cosmic World Book Tour! There is no shortage of fans around the globe who want to get their book signed. But if you can’t make it to one of Baron’s appearances, you can still purchase an affordable premium edition and receive your personalized copy. Says one fan, “Your book would be the best Christmas present ever…….I will always cherish my copy of the book :-)”

London Update

Baron at Omnibus HQ in London  © Daniela Fischer

Baron’s trip to London could not have been much busier or more fabulous. Winning the VIP Award from Classic Rock Mag, hosting a master class at the O2 Arena and opening the Gibson Through The Lens exhibition, two book signings, a visit to Omnibus Press, hanging with old friends – as ever, mixing business with pleasure, and, hopefully, eating chips and drinking tea.

Baron at his signing at Lumas, © Dave Brolan

Thanks to Lauren Keogh for photos of Baron at the Gibson exhibition, book signing, and with his editor and friend, Dave Brolan

London Rocks

Always has, always will!

“My few days in London this November have been “absolutely fabulous.” Everybody has been extraordinarily hospitable with many memorable moments, not the least of which was receiving the Classic Rock Magazine VIP award for the contribution my photography has made to the music industry. It was terrific to chat briefly at the awards ceremony with a couple of the musicians I had photographed “back in the day” – Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck. The Gibson-sponsored master class at the O2 was well attended and enthusiastically received. The Dave Brolan-curated exhibit of extraordinary photographs of musicians with their Gibson guitars was a moving visual experience. This morning’s appearance on Sky News was worth the early wake-up call; I was even served a full breakfast to assure I was fueled for my appearance on national TV. I love this city and cannot wait to return, to continue mixing business with pleasure.”

British Music Experience

Baron gave a masterclass at the official opening of the Gibson Through The Lens exhibition tonight, hosted by the British Music Experience at London’s O2 arena. The exhibition, curated by Dave Brolan, will be on show through January, but Baron is only in London for a few more days. So get over to one of his book signings: Friday, November 11th at Lumas Gallery, 50 Conduit St.; or Fopp, 1 Earlham Street in Covent Garden.

Images © Dave Brolan

Classic Rock Award

Baron Wolman pre-camera-smashing, with Ross Halfin (l) and Gene Simmons © Horie Kazuy

We are unbelievably proud to announce that Baron Wolman received a VIP Award at Classic Rock Mag’s annual ceremony tonight. Baron received his award from fellow rock photographer and old pal, Ross Halfin.

According to Dave Brolan, with whom Baron has had a wonderful long working friendship, in his acceptance speech Baron said he couldn’t understand how Pete could smash his guitar, but saw how great he looked and that he’s always wanted to do it. So he threw a camera onto the stage and it smashed… the place went wild, Pete came over and said “Well done!” and that he’d always liked his photos. They hugged & posed for pictures.  This is how rock history is made!

Round-up of the winners on the BBC.


Baron Wolman with Pete Townshend, Classic Rock Awards, London, November 8, 2011 © Ross Halfin

Gibson Through The Lens

Jimi Hendrix, San Francisco, 1968 © Baron Wolman

“London’s 02 Arena will play host to a new photography exhibition featuring rare images of some of the world’s most famous musicians who are renowned for their skills on the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar.

‘Gibson Through The Lens’, is a world-class photographic exhibition comprising sixty vintage and rare photographs. This unique exhibit will be open to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena from Monday 7 November 2011 through to 31 January 2012.

During the exhibition period, The British Music Experience will host exclusive masterclasses with some of the participating Gibson Through The Lens photographers. The first will be Baron Wolman on Thursday November 10th, to mark the exhibition’s official launch. Baron is famed for his Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger photographs and will be signing copies of his new book, The Rolling Stone Years published by Omnibus Press.” – Music Radar

The exhibition is open to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena from Monday 7 November 2011 through to 31 January 2012.