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 answers 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.
I was living in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury and working as a photo-journalist in 1967 when a fortuitous meeting with Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, resulted in my becoming the publication’s first chief photographer. From Issue Number One and for nearly three years thereafter, my photographs were published regularly in Rolling Stone and became the magazine’s graphic centerpiece. The collection of pictures and the stories behind them in “The Rolling Stone Years” cover some of the most significant artists and events of the period.
My book, “The Rolling Stone Years” featuring the photograph of Jimi Hendrix in San Francisco, 1968 as the cover, was published by Omnibus Press. Headquartered in London, Omnibus Press is the world’s largest specialist
publisher of music-related books. Omnibus publishes around 30 new titles a
year to add to its backlist of over 500 additional titles. Omnibus was
launched in 1976 as a general non-fiction publisher to complement the sheet
music published and distributed by its parent company Music Sales Ltd.