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The Rolling Stone Years Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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About the Author
Baron Wolman was the first ever photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. During his three year tenure at the magazine he photographed some of the biggest names in music. Since leaving Rolling Stone in 1970 he has photographed authors, actors and sportsmen. A qualified pilot, he has also published two collections of aerial photography and continues to exhibit his work around the world today.
Top Customer Reviews
Wolman's text to this compendium is truly insightful and inspiring. He introduces you to the behind-the-scenes life of Rock's legends and the concerts they performed (these were the days when photographers had unparalleled access to the musicians they shot). Moreover, Baron shares his insights on the world of Rock, and the brilliant, yet sometimes flawed characters that inhabited that world. He does so with a clear mind, and without the ego that most in his envious position often possess. This is the story of a truly talented photographer, doing his job, and taking advantage of an awesome opportunity to document the history of my generation. LOVED IT!
As the text of the book begins, "Baron Was There." Well, folks, he was way more than just there - posing as a simple, mild-mannered photojournalist who was, "...working for anybody who would pay me to take pictures....." he became Rolling Stone Magazine's first Chief Photographer when Jann Wenner started the magazine in 1967. From that deceptively casual beginning, Baron went on to take gorgeous, insightful, and although I hate the word for its over-use... iconic photos of many of our most important musical heroes and the events of those times.
Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Kingston Trio, Eric Burdon, the Grateful Dead, Sonny Rollins, the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters .... it would have been enough to have just captured photos of that diverse a range of individuals; but Baron's photographs have so much presence, soul and in some cases, humor, they're truly one-of-a-kind views of these often-photographed people.
As a photographer myself, I especially appreciate the attention to quality that went into the design and printing of this book. It is gorgeous!
Finally, but by no means least, there are the stories and general text that tie all these photos together. The narrative is entertaining, interesting and intelligent - Baron tells the stories of individual photo shoots, but also sets them in the context of the times in which they were taken.
This is a great book to have and take good care of, so your children and grandchildren can open it years from now and be transported to a time and place you may have tried to describe. Baron Wolman's book really captures the behind-the-scenes world of the late sixties world of music, and his humility is refreshing in that context.
Baron was the first Chief Photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, so he had
access to all the greats...Joplin, Garcia, Hendrix, Morrison, Rolling Stones
and Led Zeppelin.
Baron's work is recognized from the covers of Rolling Stone magazine and from
various album covers.
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.
You'll have to read the book to find out how Baron got Frank Zappa on a tractor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fairly interesting book that's entertaining to leaf through. However, there isn't much in it that would be really new to an avid follower of the rock scene over the... Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Yak
Read and saw an interview with Baron Wolman and ordered the book -- got a fantastic price on it and hope to see him sometime and get it autographed.Published on August 30, 2013 by Bill Harbin
Some people are drawn to Baron Wolman's wizardry with a camera and the sheer artistic beauty of his photographs. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Tom Brown
They say timing is everything, but even then it's what you do with it if you do happen to find yourself in the right place at the right time. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Bill Bentley
You can not just read it and look at the pictures, but...I'm almost sure I can also hear it, listen to it...Published on August 23, 2011 by Kamen Zheynov