By Baron Wolman
with Michael Lang, Carlos Santana & Dagon James
Baron Wolman was the first-ever photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. During his three year tenure at the magazine he captured some of the biggest names in music. Since leaving Rolling Stone in 1970 he has focused on such diverse subjects as authors, fashionistas, professional sports, airplanes and bridges. A qualified pilot, he has also published several widely-praised collections of aerial photography and continues to exhibit his work around the world today. “You can’t plan for a career like mine,” he says. “Yes, I chose to be a professional photographer but my tour of duty with Rolling Stone was a fortunate accident, a gift from the photo gods.”
New special Limited Artist’s Edition available in an elegant custom slipcase with gold embossing. These collectors books include a signed and numbered 8x10 silver gelatin photograph of Baron’s iconic Woodstock Cows image and a very rare original Woodstock admission ticket. Only 250 signed and numbered copies of this edition will ever be produced.
LONDON ― Just in time for holiday shopping, Baron Wolman – Rolling Stone magazine’s original chief photographer during its first three years (1967-70) – is releasing for collectors a limited “Artist” edition of his new coffee table book WOODSTOCK ( UK ’s Reel Art Press).
A two-time Amazon #1 Best Seller on two separate Arts & Photography lists, the new 192-page volume is the perfect holiday gift for music fans, whether they wish they could have attended the 3-Day Festival in person or they were actually there. Filled with photos and text, including a forward by Woodstock great, Carlos Santana, an interview with Michael Lang, the creator of Woodstock and official Woodstock photographer Baron Wolman, WOODSTOCK is illustrated throughout with some of the most memorable images of the festival, ranging from the iconic to the rare never-before-seen. Included in the book are several pages of Baron’s complete set of contact sheets from the Festival. “It is a rare and fascinating treat when photographers allow us to see their contact sheets” added book contributor Dave Brolan, “what is remarkable about this selection of contact sheets is that almost every frame is as good as the next, and we get to see Woodstock exactly as Baron saw it, every single unbelievable moment….”
The special Baron Wolman’s Limited Author edition of WOODSTOCK includes the widely-praised hard cover coffee table book nestled in an elegant custom slipcase with gold embossing. Only 250 copies of Baron Wolman’s Limited Author Edition have been or will ever be produced. In addition, the book will contain on Baron Wolman hand signed numbered edition 8x10 silver gelatin print of Baron’s iconic “Woodstock Cows” photograph plus a very rare original Woodstock admission ticket. Baron comments, “I really believe that this is the most beautifully produced photograph book in which my pictures have ever been published….and that’s saying a lot.”
Baron onstage at Woodstock with Carlos Santana
Photo by Bill Graham
Photo by Bill Graham
“In unexpected ways, Woodstock became more than a concert for all of us….It was three miraculous days that I somehow knew were both a promise and an anomaly,” Baron says.
The images in this book bring readers back to that forever mythical moment in Rock n’ Roll music history. Baron was more interested in the crowd than in the performers, his photographs are hugely evocative and offer an insight into this legendary event that is rarely seen. Baron comments, “The thing to remember about the 1960s, even near the end in ’69 was that everything was totally different, the behavior was new and unexpected. Plus, the 1960s were simply wildly photogenic in every way imaginable…the changes that were taking place in the heads of the people were visually manifested. I mean, how could you not take pictures?”
Copies of the Baron Wolman’s Limited Author Edition of WOODSTOCK are available for online purchase at www.CelebratingWoodstock.com and are $350 with free shipping, while supplies last. The standard retail edition of the book is available at area bookstore or amazon.com.
Woodstock makes it easy to see why Wolman’s photographs became Rolling Stone’s graphic centerpiece during the three years they were published regularly in the magazine. Over 40 years later, those same photographs, picture memories of the ‘60s, are now widely exhibited and collected. Speaking about Woodstock in particular, Baron comments, “I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening out there was just too interesting not to explore.”