Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman

Being in the right place at the right time is luck. Being talented and in the right place at the right time is fate. 

Baron Wolman is the very talented photographer whose pictures help us know American life far better than had he not taken them.

Rolling Stone magazine

Baron Wolman

After getting a taste of photography while in the Army, Wolman lived in (the right place) San Francisco. Wolman was no Boomer (he was born on June 25, 1937), but Jann Wenner was when the two met in April 1967. The 21-year-old Wenner wanted Wolman to be the photographer for a rock music magazine Wenner had in mind. Wolman said he'd work for free if he could keep ownership of his pictures. A wise quid pro quo.

Rolling Stone magazine would not have been the same without Wolman's pictures.
Baron Wolman

Baron was Rolling Stone's photographer from 1967 to 1970, a  short time, but perhaps no better stretch to be a part of the scene Rolling Stone wanted to cover. He says that he "shot his best stuff in '68 and '69...those were the halcyon days."
Baron WolmanHis photos graced cover after cover of the magazine revealing the famous, the emerging, and behind the scene.

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Baron Wolman

He photographed, not surprisingly, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and those photos are perhaps the best of any taken there. While shooting Santana that hot Saturday afternoon, Bill Graham took Wolman's camera to shoot a picture of Baron. No selfies then.

His street-sign photo in the wooded Bindy Bazaar, the festivals "merch" area, now graces the entrance to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts--albeit slightly photo-shopped.
Baron Wolman
Baron onstage at Woodstock with Carlos Santana, Photo by Bill Graham

True fashion starts on the street

Baron Wolman

After Rolling Stone, Baron Wolman changed direction slightly and started to concentrate on fashion with his Rags magazine. As many knew, fashion trends often begin outside of actual fashion studios when someone decides that "others may think this combination odd, but it looks good" and a year later models are walking the runways with it.

Embedded photographer

Baron Wolman

He followed the Oakland Raiders in 1974 and produced Oakland Raiders: The Good Guys (1975)
Baron Wolman

Learning to fly

Wolman learned to fly and took pictures of California from his plane ( California From the Air: The Golden Coast (1981)) or pictures of Israel (The Holy Land: Israel From the Air (1987))

Santa Fe today

Wolman now lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico and continues to photograph and be a beacon of light both toward the future and from the past. He regularly posts on his musings and observations on his Facebook page.

He is also on Instagram.

Charles Hardin Buddy Holly

Charles Hardin Buddy Holly

When we boomers fell in love with the Beatles and helped pour more gasoline on the Beatlemania conflagration, we congratulated ourselves on finding such new wonderful music.

Ah, youth! forever dear, forever kind. 

And forever naive.

The Beatles, of course, like most of the world's young people who loved rock and roll, fell in love with American rock music: the descendant and combination of the blues, country, and gospel music. I imagine that John, Paul, George, and Ringo were a bit dumbfounded to hear our discovery of their "new" music. They knew that they were doing their best to come up with something new, yes, but thoroughly based on the American music they so loved.

Like that of Charles Hardin Buddy Holly.

Charles Hardin Buddy Holly

Charles Hardin Buddy Holly

Charles Hardin Holley was born on September 7, 1936  in Lubbock, Texas and played several instruments as a child, but it was the guitar that he settled on. 

And he dropped the e from his last name.

He and his band, the Western and Bop Band, performed throughout the southwest. Nashville's Decca Records signed Holly: Buddy Holly and the Two Tunes, later Buddy Holly and the Three Tones. 


Decca released a few singles before dropping the band. Holly and his band mates returned to Lubbock. During this time Holly developed his singer-songwriter skills and the band became a local favorite to open for touring musicians. The most important gig was opening for Elvis. That experience shifted Holly to rock and roll.

Norman Petty

Charles Hardin Buddy Holly

On February 25, 1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets were in Norman Petty's Clovis, NM studio. They recorded another version of: "That'll Be the Day."
 The song attracted national attention and a national tour. "Peggy Sue" was a #3 hit here and a hit in the UK where young musicians like John, Paul, George, and Ringo were just starting out. A 1958 tour in England gave Holly and even bigger presence there. Charles Hardin Buddy Holly It was while on the 1958 Winter Dance Party Tour that Holly decided to take the plane and not the bus. On February 3, 1959 that plane crashed just outside Mason City, Iowa killing all on board including the Big Bopper and Richie Valens.

Holly's influence continued beyond his death. The Quarrymen eventually changed their name to the Beatles in homage to Holly's Crickets. They also slowly developed their own singer-songwriter abilities, the hallmark of the most successful musicians whom the 1960s--and beyond--produced.