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…

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.

ABC Radio Interview

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.”

The Who Recording Tommy

The Who with Kit Lambert recording Tommy, IBC Studios, London, 1968

This book is packed full of behind-the-scenes gems. Here we find Baron in the studio while The Who record what will become the album ‘Tommy’. It’s 1968, Baron’s photographing George Harrison on this trip and it’s after this session with the Who that he went to visit Mick Jagger on the set of ‘Performance’.

Tucson celebrates the art of rock n’ roll

Lighting scaffold, Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY, 1969
Can you spot the guy who later had pants airbrushed on him by Encyclopedia Britannica?

In conjunction with the exhibit “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present” the Tucson Museum of Art hosts a talk by Baron Wolman from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 10. Free with admission.

“Rockin’ The Desert,” exhibit of photos by Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith. Reception and “Rolling Stone Years” book signing, Saturday, September 10, from 7-10 at the Etherton Gallery.

Personal Stories

Big Sur Folk Festival, Esalen, Big Sur, CA, 1969

We’d like to thank Michael Maurer Smith for the frank and enlightening note he sent to Baron upon receiving his copy of the book.

“I recently got your book, “The Rolling Stone Years.” It is an absolute pleasure and treasure. And I want to say thank you.

From 1968 until the late summer of 1972 I was serving in the Marine Corps. Although I did not go to Vietnam I did serve tours in Guantanamo and Okinawa. While in Okinawa I remember one of the guys rushing into the barracks, very excited. He yelled out to everyone that they were now carrying “Rolling Stone” in the PX. That was the first time (1971) I had heard of the magazine. I’d come from a small town in Michigan and had joined the Marines at 18. I knew little about anything and next to nothing about rock and roll.

Okinawa at that time was under the control of the United States, and had been since the end of World War Two. It reverted to Japanese control in 1972. Because of this the American Military command had a firm control over what we service personnel could do, what we could read and where we could go.

At one point Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda came to Okinawa. To prevent us from seeing them the Marine Command confined all Marines to base. I never forgot this act of censorship. Believe me it was not the only one.) So you can understand how “Rolling Stone,” becoming available in the PX on Okinawa, was so significant at that time.

Your book with its superb photographs and commentary has given me at least a little bit of the San Francisco/Rock and Roll experience I wish could have known first-hand. I’m sure it will do the same for many other veterans. For that – for giving us a bit of our youth that was denied us at the time – we are all indebted to you. Thanks again.”

Cosmic World Book Tour and More, Tucson

Joan Baez, Big Sur Folk Festival, Esalen, Big Sur, CA, 1969

Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present – a museum-sized traveling exhibition of rock photography – rolls into the Tucson Museum of Art on Oct. 22. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, it celebrates not only the music’s stars – Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry – but the photography stars who made the music’s makers indelible.

Megastar rock photog Annie Leibovitz is in the show, of course, along with a host of others, including Baron Wolman, the first-ever photographer at Rolling Stone magazine; Lynn Goldsmith; and the late Linda Eastman McCartney. New York curator Gail Buckland approaches rock shots “as an art form,” says TMA chief curator Julie Sasse. “She captures an era, giving photographers credit for helping shape our vision of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Once the show was booked, the TMA folks enlisted as many partner venues as possible. The Etherton Gallery quickly took the bait. Its show, Rockin’ the Desert: Photographs by Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith, features two photographers who are also in the TMA show. Wolman has “shot” everybody from Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin to Joan Baez and Mick Jagger, not to mention a groupie here and there. Rockin’ the Desert will actually open first, on Sept. 6, and continue through Nov. 12.

As the song says – sort of – there’s a whole lotta cross-fertilization goin’ on. Rolling Stone alum Wolman will give a talk about his work over at TMA, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, the same day that Etherton stages an evening opening for Rockin’ the Desert, from 7 to 10 p.m. Then, right after the party, revelers can ramble round the corner to the Rialto Theatre, for real-life rockin’ by Jefferson Starship, a band piloted by Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane fame. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.; show starts at 11 p.m.

Going Like Hot Cakes

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!