Published by Reel Art Press. Edited by Dagon James. Introduction by Baron Wolman. Foreword by Michael Santana. Text by Michael Lang, Baron Wolman. Photographs by Baron Wolman.
Baron Wolmanís stunning black-and-white photographs of Woodstock are published here for the first time. The majority of images are completely unseen. Wolman captured the experience and atmosphere of Woodstock like no other photographer. "I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening 'out there' was just too interesting not to explore," he writes. More interested in the crowd than the performers, his photographs are hugely evocative and offer an insight into this legendary event that is rarely seen. "The thing to remember about the '60s, even near the end in Ď69 was that everything was totally different, the behavior was new and unexpected. Plus, the 1960s were simply wildly photogenic in every way imaginable ... the changes that were taking place in the heads of the people were visually manifested. I mean, how could you not take pictures?" With accompanying text featuring an interview with Wolman and Woodstock creator, Michael Lang, and a foreword by musician Carlos Santana. Baron Wolman began his career as one of the first photographerís on the new Rolling Stone magazine in the '60s. He went on to capture that decade's pop and rock explosion, with images of Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan, among many others. "I see myself as a kind of voyeur," he says. "Iím happiest when Iím invisible and watching. I just love to watch. Iím a chameleon and can adapt myself to the situation, and that, to me, is one of the gifts that I was given naturally, and thatís how you get honest pictures."