Artist Reception: Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 7-10 pm
Hosted by Pamela Des Barres
On display until September 6, 2016
Baron Wolman: The Woodstock Years, a Los Angeles premiere photography exhibition will feature original photographs of Woodstock 1969 and a curated selection of images from Wolman’s Rolling Stone Magazine music archive. The event will be hosted by the legendary Pamela Des Barres, formerly known as the rock and roll groupie, “Miss Pamela.”
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization that facilitates dynamic music education programs providing scholarships to youth giving them access to lessons, instruments, and a performance platform.
The centerpiece of this landmark showing is a colossal 6 foot x 10 foot photographic print titled “300,000 Strong.” It is an awe inspiring image taken from the stage looking out at the crowd massed on the hill taking in the spectacle that was The Woodstock Music Festival, in August, 1969.
Celebrating the 47th Anniversary of that cultural milestone while presenting a retrospective of Wolman’s fascinating career, the display will give attendees an indelible impression of the importance of that special era. Woodstock was the culmination of a decade that saw music parallel the transformation of American society. Beginning in 1967 as Rolling Stone magazine’s first chief staff photographer, he along with founding editor Ralph Gleason and a cast of brilliant columnists gave us not just a glimpse but the real inside story behind the music and the musicians who composed, recorded, and performed the soundtrack of a generation.
During those early Rock journalism days, the photographers were granted virtually unlimited access to their subjects In Wolman’s case, the result was revealing LIVE, behind the scenes, and studio photographs of Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Jim Morrison and many more. These images have become transcendent, timeless pieces that reverberate through the decades.
With the world today grasping for it’s truth and conscience, it seems fitting to reflect back and reference a time and place where, at least for three days of Peace, Love, & Music, people of all ages, races, skin color, and religions got together as just brothers and sisters to enjoy the one universal element they could all agree on: Music as a message of solidarity.
“Woodstock showed the world how things could have been and for this reason it’s important that we never forget this experience, this place, this time, this dream that came true…” – Baron Wolman
Partial proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to facilitate a dynamic music education and to teach beginning and accomplished musicians of all skill levels. Rock on!
Wine & hors d’oeuvres generously provided by our friends at the
Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills.
Special LIVE music guest to be announced!