The Rolling Stone Years by Baron Wolman + book tour

The Rolling Stone Years: Magazine's 1st Chief Photographer Collects Classic Photos and Inside Stories of '60s Rock Icons in Dramatic New Coffee Table Book; Baron Wolman to Launch 'Cosmic World' Book Tour

The Rolling Stone Years by Baron Wolman

'Cosmic World' Book Tour Kicks Off July 8-10 in Cleveland

"'The Rolling Stone Years' shows the brightest stars of the day looking at ease, without a hint of the heavily styled studio photography that was to follow." - MOJO

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Omnibus Press has joined forces with Baron Wolman - Rolling Stone magazine's chief photographer during its first three years (1967-70) -- for the new coffee table book, The Rolling Stone Years.

This lovingly assembled tome - featuring both classic photographs and the inside stories behind them - arrives on August 1st, 2011.

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.

This magnificent collection covers some of the most significant artists and events from rock's most fertile period, visualizing the music through images of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Santana, and dozens more!

Baron Wolman not only witnessed what is without a doubt the most important period of change in popular music and popular culture, but his photographs helped shape it. Rolling Stone magazine encapsulated and distilled the most noteworthy events and changes as they were taking place. Each issue would speak to this evolving youth culture in a language that was all its own.

For years Wolman has been asked to talk about the photos, how they came to be, and what happened on assignment at the various shoots. This book answers those questions and more. Grateful that he and his camera were around at a seminal time in the history of the music business and popular culture, The Rolling Stone Years is his "thank you" for the privilege.

"This is more than a photo book," says Wolman, who will kick off his "Cosmic World" Book Tour in Cleveland July 8-10. "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."

From the beginning to the end of The Rolling Stone Years, readers will be engrossed in images from an era in rock just before the star machine got cranking and the corporations took over, when less controlled barriers between the artist and the photographer allowed Wolman extraordinary access, the likes of which would be impossible to capture today. And he captured them vividly - not only through the camera's lens, but with a photographic memory that readily recounts the colorful stories surrounding his unforgettable encounters.

Among the more than 200 images are a rail-thin, T-shirted Pete Townshend recording parts of Tommy at the piano; Frank Zappa posing on a tractor at an abandoned construction site near his home; and Pink Floyd (with Syd Barrett, who pretended to drop an acid sugar cube) posing on a Sausalito hotel fire escape on their first American visit.

The Rolling Stone Years 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. And Baron's long-time mantra, "Mixing Business With Pleasure Since 1965," continues to be his guiding light.

"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."


Headquartered in London, Omnibus Press is the world's largest specialist publisher of music-related books. It publishes around 30 new titles a year to add to a backlist of over 500 titles. Omnibus was launched in 1976 as a general non-fiction publisher to complement the sheet music published and distributed by its parent company Music Sales Ltd.


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.

By Baron Wolman
10 ¼ x 12 ¼ Hardbound
176 pages, 58 color photos & 158 b/w photos
$37.50 US · £24.95 UK
13/ISBN-10: 978-0-7603-3813-1 / 752748338135
Pub Date: August 1, 2011


(Dates and information subject to change.)

July 2011

Friday, July 8 - Sunday, July 10
Majic 105.7 Rock & Roll Art Show
Legacy Village
25001 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst
Cleveland, Ohio
10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6:00 pm)

Thursday, July 14
The Duncan Miller Projects Gallery
1716 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Saturday, July 30 - Sunday, July 31
EMP - Experience Music Project
325 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

August 2011

Tuesday, Aug. 2-Thursday, Aug. 4
New York Media Tour

Friday, Aug. 5
Philadelphia Media Tour

Saturday, Aug. 6
Bergen County Camera
270 Westwood Ave
Westwood, NJ 07675

Thursday, Aug. 25 - Saturday, Aug. 27
Lawrence Art Center
940 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, Kansas

September 2011

Saturday, Sept.10 - Sunday, Sept. 11
The Etherton Gallery
135 S. 6th Ave # B
Tucson, Arizona

October 2011

Saturday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 23
Texas Book Festival
State Capitol Building
Austin, TX


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