In 1967, Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner asked Baron Wolman to be his first chief photographer, with an agreement that Baron retained ownership of his photographs, while the magazine was granted unlimited use of them. Over the next several years Baron gained unprecedented access to some of the greatest artists of the day including The Grateful Dead, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, and of course, the legendary Jimi Hendrix. On four separate occasions in 1968 and 1970 in San Francisco and New York City, Baron captured Hendrix with “Experience” bass player Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell both on stage during their incendiary performances, and alone in private, intimate settings. For the first time in history, Wolman has opened his coveted Hendrix archive, and with editor/art director Dagon James carefully selected the best shots for full page reproduction. Jimi Hendrix 1968/1970 by Baron Wolman is a new, very limited, collectors edition book that marks the 50th anniversary of the first time Baron photographed the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968. Pictured here: The hardcover book with dust jacket, and custom made slipcase.’
Video Transcript: Jimi Hendrix 1968 / 1970 by Baron Wolman
Hi everybody, this is Baron Wolman, chief photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine. I’m here to talk to you about a new book we have planned, all my pictures of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix was one of my favorites, if not the favorite Rock and Roller to photograph when I was shooting at Rolling Stone. So listen up, we have got something special for you here. 1967, the year that brought revolution and culture and music in San Francisco’s summer of love. It was also the year Baron Wolman met Jann Wenner and became the founding photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. The unique position that gave him intimate access to the most celebrated artists of the day, though few as great as Jimi Hendrix. Baron photographed Hendrix with his experienced bandmates in 1968 and 1970 in both live and intimate settings from an insiders perspective. In five decades, only a handful of these images have ever been seen, until now. To mark the 50th anniversary of these photos, we have put together a special book: Jimi Hendrix 1968 | 1970 by Baron Wolman presents every frame of film that Baron shot of Hendrix selecting the best for full page reproduction alongside his original contact sheets and additional archival images. This book goes beyond just the photos with over 6000 words and new essays and a new interview with Baron. We are offering four different collector editions including: signed and numbered, with signed photographs, authentic 1968 concert tickets, and other exclusive collectibles. Jimi Hendrix 1968 | 1970 by Baron Wolman. During my career as a rock n roll photographer, I often said, and it’s true, that is was impossible to take a bad picture of Jimi Hendrix. And this book we’re doing will prove it. If you love music, if you love rock ’n’ roll, if you love Jimi Hendrix, get this book. You know why? Because this book is more than just a book it’s a part of rock ’n’ roll history. Thank you so much for your support, peace, love and music.
This unique book contains every single frame of film Baron ever shot of The Jimi Hendrix Experience – 422 in total, most of them published here for the first time. In addition to sumptuous full-page reproductions, this book also contains all of Baron’s vintage contact sheets, a treasure trove of archival material including Baron’s 1968 private photo log book which records his Rolling Stone assignments, and the original tickets and poster designed by Rick Griffin for Hendrix’s legendary 4 night, February 1-4, 1968 run of performances in San Francisco, at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium, and Winterland Ballroom. All of which is guaranteed to please the ultimate Hendrix fan. And just when you think that’s all, this book goes even deeper by presenting all of Baron’s covers and articles about Hendrix from the early days of Rolling Stone magazine with additional archival photographs, new essays, detailed captions, an introduction by legendary music photographer Ross Halfin, and a new interview with Baron. In total, you get over 6,000 words which tell the complete story of Baron’s own “Jimi Hendrix Experience.”
This is more than just a book, it’s a piece of Rock and Roll history!
Left: Standard softcover edition. Right: Hardcover edition, signed and numbered in slipcase.
Baron’s photographs are meticulously reproduced in large format 9 x 11.5″ and printed in a 5 color lithographic process with spot varnish, on heavyweight 200gsm matte art paper. The cover, dust jacket, and slipcase are beautifully complimented by metallic silver and purple accents.
We are thrilled to be the only gallery or retailer offering this book designed to please any collector. The quantities are strictly limited and will be allowed on a first come first serve basis. There are no rainchecks and when our specially allotted inventory is depleted, there are no reorders possible. We expect shipment at the the beginning of 2019, and recommend placing your orders now. We will have a beautiful placeholder for those wanting to make a Holiday gift of this book.
We are also offering a hardcover, signed and numbered hard cover edition which is limited to 750 copies. Each of these books is hand signed by photographer Baron Wolman and editor/art director Dagon James, and all hard cover copies come with exclusive signed photographs, ephemera and artifacts, all housed in a protective slipcase.
The 750 limited edition hardcover books come in 3 versions.
COLLECTOR EDITION $295 Books numbered 101-750 are COLLECTOR copies. You get 1(one) 8×10″ photo of Hendrix signed by Baron Wolman. The photo alone has a retail value of $450. You will also receive a sheet of 4 postcards by Wolman, and an authorized 5×7″ reproduction of the Jimi Hendrix Experience handbill from their 4 night run of performances at San Francisco’s Fillmore and Winterland dated February 1-4, 1968.
DELUXE EDITION $495 Books numbered 26-100 are DELUXE copies. You get 2(two) different 8×10″ photos of Hendrix signed by Baron Wolman. The 2 photos alone have a retail value of $900. You will also receive a sheet of 4 postcards by Wolman, an authorized 5×7″ reproduction of the Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 handbill, and 1 authentic Jimi Hendrix ticket from one of his 4 performances in San Francisco from February 1-4, 1968. These 50 year old tickets were provided courtesy of the Bill Graham archives.
ARCHIVE EDITION $895 Books numbered 1-25 are ARCHIVE copies. You get 4(four) different 8×10″ photos of Hendrix signed by Baron Wolman, 1 photo from each of the 4 occasions Wolman photographed Hendrix. The 4 photos alone have a retail value of $1,800. You will also receive a sheet of 4 postcards by Wolman, an authorized 5×7″ reproduction of the Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 handbill, and 1 authentic Jimi Hendrix ticket from one of his 4 performances in San Francisco from February 1-4, 1968. These 50 year old tickets were provided courtesy of the Bill Graham archives. If you are not familiar with Baron Wolman’s photographs, this book will show you why he is one of the most admired photographers of the 1960’s.
We also have a small supply of softcover versions of the book at $65