George Harrison, Apple Corps offices, London, 1968
My book, “The Rolling Stone Years” is one year young this month. And what a year it has been, with a book tour that took me to cities and countries far and wide, from Russia and Australia, to the UK and the Netherlands, from NYC to LA to San Francisco to Kansas to Tucson to Austin and beyond.
To commemorate this exciting year, as a birthday gift from me to you, my favorite photo of George Harrison is now available to visitors to my website, but only through the end of August 2012.
The photograph is an absolutely gorgeous 11×14 inch pigment print produced by my friend, master printer, Tony Bonanno of Santa Fe. But wait, there’s more! With each signed-by-me print, you will also receive this limited edition “Rolling Stone Years” tee-shirt. Believe it or not, the cost of the iconic George Harrison print and the tee is only $250, and shipping is free ONLY to addresses within the continental United States. International orders will be charged US $50 for shipping.
Birthdays only happen once a year, so come on and celebrate this one with us.
Payment is easiest using the “Buy Now” button from PayPal on the Fotobaron website.
“And then when I went to Chicago, that’s when I had these outer space experiences and went to the other planets.” –Sun Ra
I’m headed to the Windy City next weekend to appear at my friend, Scott Segelbaum’s, “Rock Art Show.” The collection of art of and by famous rock and rollers is sponsored by WLS-FM, “The Station That Grew Up With You.” You must come see the hundreds of pieces on display, an amazing assemblage of unique, colorful, collectable and affordable rock and roll art.
I’ll be on hand most of the time; be sure to stop by and say hello. We will have copies for sale of my new book, “The Rolling Stone Years,” which I will gladly autograph for you, as well as two spectacular new prints on display that I’ve never exhibited, this one of a smiling and happy Janis Joplin, the other of Janis with Big Brother & The Holding Company playing outdoors in a small park in Marin County, both from 1967, the year we started Rolling Stone.
See you there!
Ray Bradbury, 1980 © Baron Wolman
RIP Mr. Bradbury.
Richard Brautigan, San Francisco, 1968
‘Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan’ is out now at a retailer near you. Baron photographed Brautigan in 1968 and in ‘The Rolling Stone Years‘ book Baron talks about how he “turned him (Jann Wenner) on to a poet named Richard Brautigan. “Jann, he’s writing this terrific poetry, kind of a hippie poet in a way but not really and I’ve got these great pictures of him.” Eventually Brautigan produced a poem in each issue; for a while he became the Rolling Stone poet laureate.”
Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, San Francisco, 1968
“Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton sang at the Newport Folk Festival, one of our stops on our 1969 Festival tour. Janis (Joplin) always gave credit to Big Mama, explained how she had been hugely inspired by her, that she listened a lot to Big Mama’s music. Big Mama’s song ‘Ball And Chain’ became a Janis classic.”
Incidentally, Big Mama was also the first to make a hit of “Hound Dog.”
Lacy, San Francisco, 1968
For Rolling Stone’s ‘Groupies’ issue Baron had the hard task of photographing some gorgeous girls. “…we all sat around smoking and Lacy was toking this perfectly rolled joint while I took her picture. For another shot I arranged all the current issues of Rolling Stone in front of her. This was early 1968 and I don’t know how many subscribers we had – there were more newsstand sales than subscribers – but this portrait of Lacy became the picture we sent as a Christmas card thanking them all for subscribing to Rolling Stone.”
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
Vicki and Marlene, “We’re With The Band,” San Francisco, 1969
Baron had a really great interview with ABC Australia breakfast host Fran Kelly yesterday.
For my own reasons, I chose to illustrate this post with two gorgeous naked women. Here’s their story from the book.
“Periodically bands would come to my home studio to be photographed. One particular band arrived with some beautiful young women (what else) in tow. I shot the photos of the musicians and when we were done the guys told the girls to get naked so I could photograph them all together. Two of the women also posed together for me alone; one of those shots turned out great, more than great, so the next day I took a print into Rolling Stone.
Everybody in the office also loved the shot and it was published in the next issue on the same page as the publishing information. That particular spot was always reserved for a unique horizontal photo, sometimes even without a caption – just an excellent picture speaking for itself. I loved that Jann had the audacity to run even nude photos for no reason other than they were first-rate pictures.”
“Goodbye jet lag, hello fun! Last night, Saturday, Tali (Blender Gallery) treated us to a delicious dinner at the Bootleg, her boyfriend chef Rob Gal’s bistro. Great food and conversation and, of course, a few informal photos. This morning, Sunday, I appeared on the Channel 9 morning show, chattering away as usual and signing a book for the host. Spent the afternoon walking around the harbor area with my new friend Bella taking random pictures of the Opera House and boat activity on the water.”
Why we tour! Baron, Sofia, Melinda
The four Graces: Tali, Debbie Harry, Baron, Melinda