What A Year!

© Anna Webber

Baron here sending warm holiday greetings from the high desert in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to all my friends, old and new, and, of course, to the many musicians who posed for me over the years and thereby helped define my career and make “The Rolling Stone Years” the success it has been.

If it weren’t for the talent of the musicians there would be no music, no music photographers and no music photos; for all of you I am eternally grateful. I traveled the world in 2011, meeting so many amazing people and sharing stories from my book. It was a privilege and an honor to be among all of you, and I remember you all with great affection.

From Moscow to Sydney, from New York to San Francisco, from Austin to London, this has been one helluva year…!!! I am told the book is pretty much sold out in the stores, and who knows if the publisher will reprint. I still have a few copies of the Premium and Limited edition available directly from me; if you were hoping to add a copy to your library, I’d say that now is the time.

So, as the holidays come upon us and the end of the year nears, let me send you all greetings of the season with hope that 2012 brings our land and our planet greater joy, more peace, and endless generosity of spirit toward one another. Yes, it’s only rock and roll, but we love it. And I send that love to all of you…

(Read a new review of the book on Music Industry Newswire)

With my 2011 Classic Rock VIP Award!

ABC Takes Baron to the Haight

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?”

Live in San Francisco

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.

Cosmic Book Tour Continues

Lawrence, Kansas

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!

Santa Fe, New Mexico

London, England

London Book Signings

The Fotobaron at a book signing, Fopps, London, November 2011 © Dave Brolan

Demand is met during the Baron Wolman Cosmic World Book Tour! There is no shortage of fans around the globe who want to get their book signed. But if you can’t make it to one of Baron’s appearances, you can still purchase an affordable premium edition and receive your personalized copy. Says one fan, “Your book would be the best Christmas present ever…….I will always cherish my copy of the book :-)”

London Update

Baron at Omnibus HQ in London  © Daniela Fischer

Baron’s trip to London could not have been much busier or more fabulous. Winning the VIP Award from Classic Rock Mag, hosting a master class at the O2 Arena and opening the Gibson Through The Lens exhibition, two book signings, a visit to Omnibus Press, hanging with old friends – as ever, mixing business with pleasure, and, hopefully, eating chips and drinking tea.

Baron at his signing at Lumas, © Dave Brolan

Thanks to Lauren Keogh for photos of Baron at the Gibson exhibition, book signing, and with his editor and friend, Dave Brolan

London Rocks

Always has, always will!

“My few days in London this November have been “absolutely fabulous.” Everybody has been extraordinarily hospitable with many memorable moments, not the least of which was receiving the Classic Rock Magazine VIP award for the contribution my photography has made to the music industry. It was terrific to chat briefly at the awards ceremony with a couple of the musicians I had photographed “back in the day” – Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck. The Gibson-sponsored master class at the O2 was well attended and enthusiastically received. The Dave Brolan-curated exhibit of extraordinary photographs of musicians with their Gibson guitars was a moving visual experience. This morning’s appearance on Sky News was worth the early wake-up call; I was even served a full breakfast to assure I was fueled for my appearance on national TV. I love this city and cannot wait to return, to continue mixing business with pleasure.”

British Music Experience

Baron gave a masterclass at the official opening of the Gibson Through The Lens exhibition tonight, hosted by the British Music Experience at London’s O2 arena. The exhibition, curated by Dave Brolan, will be on show through January, but Baron is only in London for a few more days. So get over to one of his book signings: Friday, November 11th at Lumas Gallery, 50 Conduit St.; or Fopp, 1 Earlham Street in Covent Garden.

Images © Dave Brolan

Classic Rock Award

Baron Wolman pre-camera-smashing, with Ross Halfin (l) and Gene Simmons © Horie Kazuy

We are unbelievably proud to announce that Baron Wolman received a VIP Award at Classic Rock Mag’s annual ceremony tonight. Baron received his award from fellow rock photographer and old pal, Ross Halfin.

According to Dave Brolan, with whom Baron has had a wonderful long working friendship, in his acceptance speech Baron said he couldn’t understand how Pete could smash his guitar, but saw how great he looked and that he’s always wanted to do it. So he threw a camera onto the stage and it smashed… the place went wild, Pete came over and said “Well done!” and that he’d always liked his photos. They hugged & posed for pictures.  This is how rock history is made!

Round-up of the winners on the BBC.

Baron Wolman with Pete Townshend, Classic Rock Awards, London, November 8, 2011 © Ross Halfin

Gibson Through The Lens

Jimi Hendrix, San Francisco, 1968 © Baron Wolman

“London’s 02 Arena will play host to a new photography exhibition featuring rare images of some of the world’s most famous musicians who are renowned for their skills on the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar.

‘Gibson Through The Lens’, is a world-class photographic exhibition comprising sixty vintage and rare photographs. This unique exhibit will be open to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena from Monday 7 November 2011 through to 31 January 2012.

During the exhibition period, The British Music Experience will host exclusive masterclasses with some of the participating Gibson Through The Lens photographers. The first will be Baron Wolman on Thursday November 10th, to mark the exhibition’s official launch. Baron is famed for his Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger photographs and will be signing copies of his new book, The Rolling Stone Years published by Omnibus Press.” – Music Radar

The exhibition is open to the public at The British Music Experience in London’s O2 Arena from Monday 7 November 2011 through to 31 January 2012.