The Grateful Dead at home, 710 Ashbury, San Francisco, 1967
How prescient! Baron’s interview as seen on IMDB before the inception of this book. He talks about Jann Wenner and the very beginnings of Rolling Stone magazine. Baron’s first assignment was to photograph the Grateful Dead...
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.”
Baron come home! On May 17th, 2011, Baron will speak at the Columbus Jewish Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio, his home town, about “living in the Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love and the early days of rock & roll. He will focus on music, musicians and lifestyle.”
Photographing Jann Wenner, San Francisco, 1968
“Every Picture Tells A Story – Baron Wolman, The Rolling Stone Years.” Its 176 pages are filled with photos and text. Some of the photos have never been seen; none of the words have ever been read – other than by me and the editors, of course. It’s a picture book with text, the stories behind the photos. For years I’ve been asked to talk about the photos, how they came to be, what happened on assignment at the various shoots. This book will answer those questions and more. I and my camera were fortunate to be around at a seminal time in the history of our country and the music business. The book is my “thank you” for the privilege.