Rolling Stone Magazine’s first ever photographer Baron Wolman is headed to Australia in September to launch a book featuring his work and anecdotes of his time hanging out with the likes of Jimi Hendrix to Johnny Cash, from Miles Davis to The Who, entitled The Rolling Stone Years. The book will be launched in conjunction with two exhibitions of Wolman’s photographs to be held at galleries in Sydney and Melbourne.

Wolman’s three years with the magazine saw him document rock and pop music becoming a driving force behind cultural changes and became a springboard for a four decade long career as a freelance photographer. Since leaving Rolling Stone in 1970 he has focused on such diverse subjects as authors, fashionistas, professional sports, airplanes and bridges.

A qualified pilot, he has also published several widely-praised collections of aerial photography and continues to exhibit his work around the world today. Baron says that sticking by his long-time mantra, “Mixing Business With Pleasure Since 1965,” continues to be his guiding light.  “You can’t plan for a career like mine,” he says. “Yes, I chose to be a professional photographer but my tour of duty with Rolling Stone was a fortunate accident, a gift from the photo gods”.

The Blender Gallery, 16 Elizabeth St, Paddington, Sydney
Exhibition dates: September 17 to October 22, 2011.

The Raw Gallery, Melbourne, 11 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
Exhibition dates: September 23 to October 23, 2011