“I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” A very limited edition of fifty (50) gorgeous 13×19 inch fine art poster prints will be unveiled at the Rock Art Show in Chicago this weekend. The print is exclusive to the Rock Art Show and is reasonably priced at $75. The subject must remain a secret or there will be a rush on the prints. I can tell you this, however. 11×14 inch pigments prints of this photo of Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company will also be available, a poignant shot taken late in 1967, in a small park in Marin County, around the time we startedRolling Stone and before Janis and the band had become super stars. Hope to see y’all there…
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.
‘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.”
“When I photographed The Band in performance on Winterland’s big stage it was virtually impossible to get the entire group into a single frame. I tried from a variety of angles but somehow the five of them were never arranged in such a way that I could fit them all into a good photo at one time. At the larger venues live photography presented considerable challenges, much different from shooting at the smaller clubs.”
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.”
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.”
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…
So if YOU were in San Francisco and Baron Wolman was coming to town promote his book, wouldn’t YOU interview him at the site of Baron’s first-ever assignment for Rolling Stone and where he made his famous photograph of the Grateful Dead, the one he calls “Dead on the Steps?”
Baron went home to the land of Joplin and the Dead this past weekend to celebrate his book. Here’s a great little interview about whom he shot and where.
We recommend buying your own copy in order to enjoy all the stories – it’s much more than just a picture book, it’s the stories behind the photos, the story of the very beginning of Rolling Stone Magazine, and, we are running low so please, place your order.
In Corte Madera on Sunday, December 4th, and in San Francisco on Monday the 5th, Baron will be signing copies of the retail edition of the book – a rare chance to get this edition signed, and in time for the holiday season. At San Francisco’s Osha Thai Lounge, they will be celebrating both Baron’s book as well as the birthday of the king of Thailand. It will be an extra special party!
Here’s what people are saying about The Rolling Stone Years:
“If you love Rock & Roll, Baron Wolman’s incredible chronicle of his days as the first photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine is a MUST.”
“What a treat this book is! You’ve seen many of these photographs before, but may not have known who took them. When you see them all together in one book, you’ll appreciate the incredible talent of Baron Wolman.”
“As it goes for books related to photographs of iconic figures in rock and roll history, believe me when I say I know what I’m talking about. I work around images like this every day, taken by some of the greatest photographers of musicians in both the past and present. Baron’s work here is truly incredible and worthy of any gallery.”
“Currently on a world tour, I would recommend checking out Baron’s website to see if he will be near your town. In person, he is a real down to earth, nice guy to talk to about these photos.”
“The man is my hero!”
If you can’t make it to one of the stops on the tour, you can still place an order soon and avoid disappointing your loved ones this holiday season. Supplement your order with our unique Tour T Shirt; wear it on Christmas/Chanukah/Do Nothing Day, send us a photo and we’ll put it here in the blog!