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.
James Brown, San Francisco, 1970
“In 1970, I had to shoot a James Brown New Year’s Eve concert, that is, once I finally made it through his multiple layers of security. He had more security than I had ever seen; everybody checked me out, “What are you doing here? Does James know about this?” Big black guys made me very aware of being a small white guy. But once they approved you, once they brought you in with the “family,” they left you alone, you could shoot what you wanted, and you were golden.”
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.”
Smoke bomb found on stage after the show, The Who, San Francisco, 1967
Baron is blowing up! News is just in from Amazon that the book has leaped 20,000 places up the ranks over night; it is also now #1 in Photojournalism, #1 in Portraits.
You can buy one of unlimited regular edition hardbacks, a beauty in itself; or you may want to treat yourself to one of a premium or limited edition copy (comes with a print). All available here.
We also encourage to you to get the T shirt, take a rockin’ photo of yourself and let us know – we’ll put you here in the blog!
Janis Joplin, Belvedere Street Studio, San Francisco, 1968
“I needed to get some color shots of Janis, but there were no concerts scheduled so she came to the studio… I don’t know what goes on in the head of performers; maybe they either perform or they don’t perform… As I recall Janis could not “not” perform, so for an hour she gave me the gift of a Janis Joplin live performance. I call it “The Concert For One.” I was taking pictures and she was singing just for me alone.”
B.B. King, San Francisco, 1967
“B.B. King welcomed me into his inner circle like few others. He was ever so hospitable – “Want something to eat? Want something to drink?” Backstage with B.B. and his entourage I felt as if I was a guest at his home. I took B.B. King out to the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where there is a copy of The Thinker, the famous statue by Rodin in the courtyard. I posed B.B. against this statue so that Lucille, his red guitar, and the arms of the sculpture are kind of parallel. It’s a beautiful shot but most people don’t quite understand what I was trying to do, what I meant by the slightly ironic juxtaposition.” Read more in the book.
Jeff Beck, S&C Ford, San Francisco, 1968
“…(Beck) asked me if I knew where he could buy an American hot rod so I took him to the showroom of a car dealer who had one which was for sale. Jeff was immediately fascinated with the car and decided to buy it on the spot…” Read more in the book and listen to the story via this podcast.
Little Richard at KPIX-TV, San Francisco, 1967
On Saturday, August 6th from 10 am to 4 pm, Baron will be signing books at Gallery 270 in Westwood, New Jersey. You don’t have to get your chest autographed, Baron will still welcome you with open arms when you buy the book!
Smokey Robinson, Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco, 1968
Smokey Robinson thrilled Baron and the rest of the audience when he sang ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ at Bimbo’s in San Francisco. Rolling Stone Magazine places ‘Tracks’ as number 50 of the 500 greatest songs.
Backstage at Bimbo’s
Smokey, one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, in his dressing-room before the show.
Big Brother & The Holding Company, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 1968
Baron photographed Janis Joplin’s band Big Brother And The Holding Company as well as photographing her solo on a number of occasions – you can see why he loved hanging out with them. These group shots were taken at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco in 1968. Janis had just come from the dentist – you can see her holding her face but not quite covering that big smile.