Tucson celebrates the art of rock n’ roll

Lighting scaffold, Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY, 1969
Can you spot the guy who later had pants airbrushed on him by Encyclopedia Britannica?

In conjunction with the exhibit “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present” the Tucson Museum of Art hosts a talk by Baron Wolman from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 10. Free with admission.

“Rockin’ The Desert,” exhibit of photos by Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith. Reception and “Rolling Stone Years” book signing, Saturday, September 10, from 7-10 at the Etherton Gallery.

The Rolling Stones Stage

View from the audience, The Rolling Stones, Day On The Green, Oakland Coliseum, CA, 1978.

On photographing the Stones at Day On The Green, Baron says in the book “The ‘big lips’ that comprised the set of the July 1978 concert were allegedly a birthday present from Bill (Graham) to the Stones, to Jagger, in particular. Mick was born on July 26, the date of the concert.For the record, this was the line-up for the day: Peter Tosh, Eddie Money, Santana, and The Rolling Stones. Not a bad afternoon of music. Ticket price: $12.50…!!!”

Johnny and June Cash

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, CA, 1967

Baron talks about the sombre mood of Mr Cash backstage before the show, but this photograph is just so sweet – look carefully. “The Cash photos are some of the first I took on assignment for Rolling Stone. We started publishing in October of 1967; these were taken in December of that year at the Circle Star, a popular theater-in-the- round south of San Francisco.”

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson, Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco, 1968

Smokey Robinson thrilled Baron and the rest of the audience when he sang ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ at Bimbo’s in San Francisco. Rolling Stone Magazine places ‘Tracks’ as number 50 of the 500 greatest songs.

Backstage at Bimbo’s

Smokey, one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, in his dressing-room before the show.

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Day On The Green, Oakland Coliseum, CA, 1978

Publicity for the new book gathers momentum – not moss – and we’re enjoying great press coverage. Baron sold out of books to sign in Cleveland last week and we expect the same in LA tonight! Meanwhile ‘Shortlist’ magazine in the UK describes Baron’s book as “A must-have artefact from rock’s golden age.”

Eric Clapton

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.”

Jimi Hendrix

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.”