In April of 1967, co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, Jann Wenner, posed a question to Baron Wolman. “You wanna be our photographer? We’re going to need a photographer.”
Luckily, for all of us, Wolman said yes and became Rolling Stone magazine’s first Chief Photographer from 1967 through late 1970. He not only witnessed what can be described as the most important period of change and upheaval in popular music and culture, he also captured it all—on film.
Wolman donated his photographic archives to The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center which worked with Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago, to create a dramatic book, Baron Wolman Presents The Rock & Roll Revolution. Wolman then chose Dave Brolan, a photo editor, curator and archivist specializing in music photography, to select images featured in the book. Wolman felt that since it was impossible to capture sound through film, he would focus on documenting the moments when music is being made—to communicate the ecstasy of playing, singing, performing and, of course, listening. The book is printed on Sappi Opus® paper. With its perfect balance of shade and brightness, Opus helps these images jump off the stage, page, and directly to the reader.
An added element to this memento is a series of backstories recorded by Baron Wolman. Readers can log onto www.rockonwithbaron.com to hear Wolman share personal stories about his career at Rolling Stone and behind-the-scenes accounts of every image included in the book.
Want your very own copy of Your Opus, Your Revolution? The cover looks and feels like a record and the cover wrap opens to double as a poster. It will definitely take you back. You might even have to find a dorm room wall for this one.
Excuse me while I kiss the sky. Does that make sense?
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