Baron Wolman: Groupies


Mach Schau presents "Baron Wolman: The Groupies." An exhibition of limited edition prints, signed by Baron Wolman. In association with Rock Paper Photo and curated by archivist Dave Brolan, at 46/48 Beak Street London W1, 15th - 27th October, 2012.

Because these are my good mates, here's the blurb in its entirety:

Baron Wolman was the first chief photographer at Rolling Stone magazine. From 1967 his assignments for the just-launched magazine were as diverse as a backstage session with James Brown; dinner with Pete Townshend after a day photographing The Who recording "Tommy"; shooting Janis Joplin performing at his house to recreate a performance for a live review; flying to New York to photograph Mick and Keith as they announced the Stones' Altamont show; being on stage with Santana in front of 300,000 people at Woodstock; or being almost whacked by Jimi Hendrix as he swung his guitar in concert. Every day was different, every artist was different and the scene was constantly evolving.

The more he worked, Baron began to notice that aside from the usual hangers-on at concerts, there were women who had obviously spent an inordinate amount of time and effort putting themselves together for their backstage appearance. They were not just hanging out, they were strutting - style and fashion mattered greatly. In fact, Frank Zappa thought them important enough to form a band out of a group of them, The GTOs, led by the legendary Pamela Des Barres, and produce their album. These women were a subculture of chic that Baron and Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner thought merited a story. And so in 1968 this led to an entire "special super duper neat issue" of Rolling Stone called "The Groupies And Other Girls" featuring insightful interviews and photographs of the scene. Baron's interest in music and fashion would progress after his tenure at Rolling Stone as he went on to set up the influential magazine Rags, regarded as the Rolling Stone of fashion. Still, The Groupies special issue remains an important landmark.

All images in the exhibit can be purchased online at as limited-edition fine art prints hand-signed and numbered by Baron. Rock Paper Photo is the ultimate online gallery of fine art pop culture photography, where fans and collectors can discover and purchase iconic images of their favorite artists and personalities from the last half century.

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