Baron Wolman, rolling Stone Magazine's first chief photographer, brings his classic photos and inside stories to a dramatic new coffee table book
Andrew Smith Gallery, next to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum at 122 Grant Avenue, hosts a special book signing for Santa Fe artist Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine's very first photographer. During his three-year tenure at the magazine, Wolman photographed some of the biggest names in rock music: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Santana and dozens more.
For years, Wolman has been asked to talk about the photos, how they came to be, and what happened on assignment at the shoots. The Rolling Stone Years answers those questions and more. The 176-page volume is filled with photos and text, illustrated throughout with “some of the most memorable unguarded images of the era” (Rolling Stone), ranging from iconic to rare to never-before-seen photographs and events from rock’s most fertile period.
Wolman arranged for publication ofThe Rolling Stone Years to include a separate printing of a strictly limited edition of 750 copies. There are 600 "Premium" edition copies for $60 that are signed, numbered and come in an embossed cloth slip-case.
There are 150 "limited" edition copies for $350 that include an original 8" x 10" silver print of the Jimi Hendrix icon photo, signed and numbered to correspond to the number of the book.
These two editions will NEVER be sold in bookstores. They are only available through select galleries or on Baron Wolman's website.
“This is more than a photo book,” says Wolman. "I hope people spend some time reading the text. We look at pictures and wonder how they came to be. Or we speculate a bit about the life of a photographer, especially one who has been on the front lines, the front lines of any subject, be it music, war, politics, etc. In my book I tried to provide a small window into that photographer’s life and offer a few words about the origin of the photos.”
Wolman's photographs recall a wilder, more radical time when everything was up for question -- the Vietnam War, politics, spirituality, race relations, drugs, sex, and rock and roll. John and Yoko were in bed trying to direct people's attention to peace. Jimi, Janis, Otis and Jim were still alive. James Taylor was the new kid on the block and Dylan was everywhere. Wolman helped define that generation.
Official “Rolling Stone Years” Tee shirts with Wolman's photo of Jimi Hendrix will be also available at the book signing.
NOTE: If people who have a copy of the retail open edition want it to be autographed by Mr. Wolman, they will be asked to buy the official tee in exchange for a "courtesy" signing of their book.
Gallery hours at 122 Grant Ave. (next to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum) are 10 - 5 Mon. - Sat. For more information please call Andrew Smith Gallery at (505) 984-1234, Fax (505) 983-2428. Visit us online at http://www.andrewsmithgallery.