F-stops in the name of love

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When jour­nal­ist Jann Wen­ner started Rolling Stone in 1967, the year of the “sum­mer of love,” he asked a free­lance pho­to­jour­nal­ist named Baron Wol­man to take pic­tures for the mag­a­zine. Over the next three years, Wol­man pho­tographed Frank Zappa, Joan Baez, the Rolling Stones, Jim Mor­ri­son, Bob Dy­lan, Pink Floyd, and other stars in the pan­theon of ’60s rock and folk.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of those mu­si­cians in Rolling Stone was unique at the time — Wol­man was a pro­fes­sional who could cap­ture what was hap­pen­ing with non-au­to­matic cam­eras. And the re­laxed, in­for­mal at­ti­tude that char­ac­ter­ized much of the mu­sic world in those days af­forded him ac­cess to stage per­form­ers.

On Tues­day, Feb. 9, Wol­man is the star of an event fea­tur­ing his pho­tos and sto­ries. The Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum, 217 John­son St., hosts I Saw the Mu­sic: An Evening With Baron Wol­man from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $75 per per­son; pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the O’Ke­effe. Call 946-1033 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Kiss­ing the sky: Jimi Hen­drix, 1968; photo by Baron Wol­man

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