Happy Valentine’s Day

Baron wishes you all a beautiful Valentine’s Day. The rest of us will never know how many of the lovely women that Baron photographed were also his Valentine… we can but fantasize.

Meanwhile… where else are you gonna get an original signed and numbered silver gelatin print by Baron Wolman for the ridiculously low price of $350? And get a limited edition copy of The Rolling Stone Years in the bargain? And get free shipping? Only right here! Email us to get yours before they’re all gone, baby.

Big Mama Thornton

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

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.”

A Whole Lot of Free

Jimi Hendrix, San Francisco, 1968 © Baron Wolman

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, folks, but there is such a thing as a free book. Purchase an 8×10 signed and numbered silver gelatin print for $350 ($100 less than my normal retail price for a print that size) and I will send you a free signed and numbered slip-cased copy of “The Rolling Stone Years”, plus free shipping as well!

There’s a whole lot of free going on here. At the moment there are only 40 copies still available, so avail yourself of one today and then go treat yourself to lunch…

Time To Buy

Good night and good luck…

OK, so I’m not Edward R. Murrow but I’ve been on TV and this book sure has brought me good luck. I’ve met some wonderful people on my ‘world tour,’ seen new places, eaten some tasty food, signed hundreds of books, and blushed too many times at the words of admiration for the photos and my life as a music photographer. I still say, “I was just another guy with a camera.” Sure! A very very lucky guy. Lucky to have been in the right place at the right time, and to have taken advantage of that singular opportunity.

However, a review of the past few months is not the point of the communiqué. Rather it is to alert you that there are less than 50 copies remaining each of both the Premium and Limited editions of “The Rolling Stone Years.” Only 600 copies of the Premium and 150 copies of the Limited editions were produced, and when they are gone they are gone forever.

As you probably know, the only way to purchase a copy is through me and this website (as well as from a few photo galleries which exhibit and sell my prints). So, if you have been considering adding a copy of “The Rolling Stone Years” to your library, now is the time.

The Premium edition is $60 plus shipping. The Limited edition which includes a signed and numbered 8×10 silver gelatin print of Jimi Hendrix, is $350. Shipping is free. Click here to buy your copy now.

No whining when the books are sold out, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

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 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.”

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.

Interview with KUT Austin

Dole Fruit Cocktail, San Francisco, 1965 © Baron Wolman

There have been many, many interviews during the Cosmic World Tour. This searching conversation with David Brown at local station KUT took place before Baron’s appearance at the Texas Book Festival and is one of the most comprehensive yet. Covering many topics from being paid to shoot fruit before Rolling Stone, and how the magazine was the first publication for candid photographs of the musicians exploding at the time.