Baron Wolman was Rolling Stone magazine's first photographer, working with stars such as Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and all the greats of the day. In 1969 he was on the road photographing music festivals around the USA on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine when word started to trickle through about a major musical event happening in upstate New York. Joining the long traffic jams, Wolman made it to Woodstock, along with, ultimately, hundreds of thousands of other people.
His latest book, Woodstock, is filled with Wolman's photos of the atmosphere and events occurring around and beside the live bands at this, the most famous music festival of all time. Revisiting his contact sheets for the first time in years, he was pleasantly surprised to find he had enough rich material to complete a book dedicated this time not to the musicians but to the crowds.
Woodstock is beautifully printed, with rich blacks and lush gold tone. It includes a foreword by Carlos Santana and features an extensive Q&A with Baron Wolman and Woodstock creator, Michael Lang.
There's a great bookstore edition but it also comes in a limited edition version that includes a print of these chilling cows, and an actual, rare, original Woodstock admission ticket!
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