Baron Wolman And The Rolling Stone Years

August 6, 2011

I know it’s been a great interview when I feel lighter after we’ve finished. It happens when I interview an artist for “ON THE SCENE” who inspires me, or makes me laugh, or just happily shares their insights and passion for what they do. That’s what I experienced today when I interviewed photographer Baron Wolman.

Wolman was the original chief photographer of “Rolling Stone” magazine in the late 1960s.  He photographed the genesis of musicians who became rock icons including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Tina Turner.  Wolman is a natural born storyteller, animated and willing to vividly take you inside his photo sessions like they happened yesterday.

I interviewed him in a break from his book signing in Westwood, New Jersey for his just published, “The Rolling Stone Years,” 175 pages of photographs but what I love more, it includes the story behind the picture.

Wolman and I lamented how difficult it is between artist management and publicists and sometimes restrictive venues to get access to properly document and produce  unique artist portraits (in my case, journalistic profiles).  Then he asked me, “let’s see, how should I sign your book?” I thought for a minute and answered, “how about ‘here’s to all access?”  He loved it and that’s how he signed it, I guess that is our common ground.  Can’t wait to take it all in page by page.

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