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Sun Ra, April 1969

Sun Ra, April 1969

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The Rock Paper Photo Rolling Stone Cover Series pairs fine reprints of iconic Rolling Stone magazine covers with rare, limited edition photographs, hand-signed by the photographer. The perfect gift for fans, collectors - even yourself. Available in two sizes and configurations: 11x14 photo and cover framed together side by side, and 16x20 cover only.

When Baron Wolman went to Berkeley to photograph Sun Ra for RS 31, "I had no idea who he was or what sort of music he and his Arkestra played," the photographer recalled. "The man was a remarkable and somewhat obscure musician – both he and his music were otherworldly, difficult to grasp." Sun Ra died in 1993, but his music, an amalgam of jazz, electronic and improvisation, has since been rediscovered by a new and younger audience.

Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman, in 1967, was 30 years old and a freelance photojournalist in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Janis lived a few doors away, and the Grateful Dead was just around the corner. He was living life when he was approached by a 21-year-old journalist named Jann Wenner. Jann had an idea to st...
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Baron Wolman, in 1967, was 30 years old and a freelance photojournalist in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Janis lived a few doors away, and the Grateful Dead was just around the corner. He was living life when he was approached by a 21-year-old journalist named Jann Wenner. Jann had an idea to start a “rock magazine”—better known to us today, as Rolling Stone. Baron agreed to come on as the chief photographer—working for no money, but being able to get two things: ownership of his photographs and stock in the company.

Through his three year tenure as Rolling Stone’s chief photographer, Baron had the opportunity to shoot some of the biggest names in rock-and-roll. Janis, Frank Zappa, the Who, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, The Doors, George Harrison, and, the Rolling Stones, among others. Wolman shot 22 covers along with countless other photos that appeared within the magazine including iconic images of Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia. In those three short years, Baron was able to capture not only fabulous musicians, but a time that we will never know again. He had a gift—the gift of being able to capture a moment. A moment such that when we look at the images today, we can feel what it was like to see things through Baron’s eyes. In the historic 1,000th issue of Rolling Stone, Greil Marcus spoke of Wolman, “Baron Wolman had an unmatched feel for the moment when a performer sucked the flattery of a camera into himself or herself, and so got people to come out of themselves, to drop their modesty and anonymity.”

Baron’s photos are exhibited in fine art galleries around the world. His recent London show was featured in the British music magazine “Mojo.” Wolman has also published several books of his photographs including “Classic Rock and other Rollers” “Woodstock 1969” and the “Classic Rock Postcard Book.” He was also one of the official photographers at Woodstock.
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