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A fantastic time capsule and one that be looked at with awe.

Published by: Omnibus Press

When chronicling the history of rock music, images can say a lot more about an artist than words. It’s certainly the case with the photographs of American rock snapper Baron Wolman; surely one of the most influential photographers in the music business.

There are many other great photographers of course with Bob Gruen and Jim Marshall springing to mind, but Wolman has gone down in the history books because he was the first photographer hired by Rolling Stone magazine back when it was founded in 1967 by Jann Wenner and Ralph J. Gleason. Many of the photographs included in this lavish handbook book were taken throughout the late sixties and seventies and have since become iconic imagery.

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Most of the artists featured in this book are as famous as you can get with the likes of The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and Ike and Tina Turner. Wolman offers anecdotes about the photo sessions and what it was like working with the artists while there is also a very informative and detailed introduction.

Many of the artists featured were flawed characters – Joplin, Hendrix, Morrison et al – and Wolman gives his personal insights in their world, which is fascinating stuff. These were the biggest artists of the sixties and seventies and Wolman was right there when rock history was being made. This book is not only a celebration of his career but of the music we love. It’s hard to fault this book, really. It’s a fantastic time capsule and one that be looked at with awe.

Neil Daniels

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