It’s Classified!

“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 started Rolling Stone and before Janis and the band had become super stars.  Hope to see y’all there…

 

Rock the Windy City!

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Hello Chicago!

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.

See you there!

Country Joe McDonald Prints

Scanned, original print showing signatures (click to enlarge)

A few weeks ago I obtained these amazing photographs from Country Joe McDonald. The first was taken at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, the second at the equally legendary Woodstock Music and Art Festival in August of 1969. As you can see, both photos were signed by Country Joe and my friend Super Star photographer, Jim Marshall. Not only that, both men signed both the print as well as the matt board. Very rare and hugely collectable. I’ve got a couple of each; if anybody is interested in adding one to his/her collection, shoot me an email and we’ll start a conversation.

Scanned original print showing signatures on matt board, and label on back

Scanned original print showing signatures (click to enlarge)

Scanned original print showing signatures on matt board, and label on back

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!

B.B. King

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.

Johnny and June Cash

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, CA, 1967

Baron talks about the sombre mood of Mr Cash backstage before the show, but this photograph is just so sweet – look carefully. “The Cash photos are some of the first I took on assignment for Rolling Stone. We started publishing in October of 1967; these were taken in December of that year at the Circle Star, a popular theater-in-the- round south of San Francisco.”

Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead posting bail, San Francisco, 1967

My first story for Rolling Stone was the Grateful Dead bust. The Dead put on this great press conference held appropriately where they lived and where they had been arrested. The band members sat across a table from the media. Along with the microphones, which were arranged between the band was a great big bowl of whipped cream which is visible in the pictures and which they threatened to throw at the media if any of them asked a stupid question. If you read the first issue of Rolling Stone you understand the band was making the point: “Why are you busting us? If you busted everybody who smokes pot in San Francisco you’re going to have no lawyers, you’re going to have no doctors, and you’re going to have no professionals of any kind because everybody smokes.” The band was quite adamant about it, and they were right of course.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd, Casa Madrona Hotel, 1967, Sausalito, CA

A popular photograph of Pink Floyd  from Baron’s archive, this was taken at the Casa Madrona Hotel in Sausalito on Pink Floyd’s first trip to the States in 1967, but it was soon after, early in 1968, that they split with Syd Barrett. A confused Syd showed up to a few gigs even after that.