Great photographs are not made inside a camera, but on either side of it. In the four explosive years (1967-1970) that Baron Wolman served as Rolling Stone Magazine's first chief photographer, he built an intimate bridge between art, artist and audience - helping define the visual style of the times and modern music.
Wolman was already an established photojournalist in San Francisco when a young local writer named Jann Wenner asked him to photograph musicians for his new music venture called Rolling Stone. Slightly older than the performers he photographed - and not initially familiar with their music, Wolman viewed himself as an outsider to the burgeoning scene. Yet his warmth and ease working with people, along with a fresh and spontaneous style allowed him a special kind of access to their lives.
So iconic are Wolman's photos that when you close your eyes and picture Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa and other artists of the era, the images you imagine are probably his work. We're thrilled to honor Baron Wolman's contribution to art and culture with signed copies of his book The Rolling Stone Years - a must-have for any music lover's library.
Signed by the artist.