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.
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
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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.”
Janis Joplin at home, San Francisco, 1967
This is one of my favourite quotes from the book. I can picture Baron having these conversations:
“People are always coming up to me, “Can I talk to you privately; I bet you have some great stories about what went on in those days?” I say, “Yeah I do,” and they say, “Well, what went on?” and I answer, “What do you think went on?” And they come back, “Yeah, yeah,” and I say, “Yeah!” I mean what do I tell them, that people were smoking pot? Of course they were smoking pot. That they were backstage making out? Of course they were. Did I see anybody destroy hotel rooms? No, and so what if they did, so what if I had seen it, what is there to see that I could tell them that they don’t already know? One question that is continually repeated is, “Hey, can I talk to you privately, tell me – it won’t go any further, just for me – did you sleep with Janis Joplin, just tell me, did you sleep with Janis Joplin?” And I always answer, “Well what do you think?” I either say it like this – “What do you think?” or “What do you think?” And they say, “Oh, man, thank you, thanks, I appreciate that, it means a lot to me.” I let them use their imagination; I never say anything more, never go beyond that response! Never did and never will.”
Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg on the set of Performance, London, 1968
It’s not fair. Really. Whilst complaining that he missed out by not getting a chance to live in Swinging Sixties London, Baron blithely explains how “…after The Who finished work in the studio Pete (Townshend) invited us for dinner and later decided we should go over to the film set in which Mick Jagger was shooting his new movie, ‘Performance’… The relationships were all a little complex; Anita was Keith’s girlfriend who had been with Brian Jones before and was now in a movie doing love scenes with Mick.”