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Catalogue No.BWPF001
LocationSausalito, CA
Date1967
Print QualitySilver gelatin

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Pink Floyd

by Baron Wolman
Casa Madrona Hotel, Sausalito, CA. 1967
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Pink Floyd were an English rock band that achieved international success with their progressive and psychedelic rock music marked by the use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, and elaborate live shows. One of the most commercially successful and influential rock groups in the history of popular music, they have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, including 74.5 million certified units in the United States. In 1996 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band originally consisted of university students Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and Syd Barrett. Founded in 1965, they gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s. Under Barrett's creative leadership they released two charting singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play", and a successful début album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in December 1967, several months prior to Barrett's April 1968 departure due to deteriorating mental health. Following the loss of their principal songwriter, Waters became the band's lyricist and conceptual leader, with Gilmour assuming lead guitar and taking on most of the band's music composition while sharing lead vocals with Waters. With this line-up they achieved critical and commercial success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979). Wright left the group in 1979, and Waters in 1985, while Gilmour and Mason (subsequently rejoined by Wright) continued to record and tour through 1994, despite Waters' failed 1986 attempt to legally prevent them continuing as Pink Floyd; two more albums followed, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and The Division Bell (1994). After almost two decades of acrimony the band reunited in 2005 for a single performance, at the global awareness event Live 8. Wright died in 2008. Surviving members Gilmour and Mason joined Waters at one of his The Wall Tour shows on 12 May 2011 at the O2 Arena in London; Gilmour performed "Comfortably Numb" along with Waters and "Outside the Wall" with Mason and Waters.
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Baron Wolman grew up in Columbus, Ohio, studied philosophy at Northwestern University in Chicago, learned German at the Defense Language School in Monterey, California, and then did a tour with military intelligence in West Berlin.
In Berlin, Wolman sold his first photo essay for publication, a story about life behind the then-new Berlin Wall. From Germany he moved to California to continue his career as a photo journalist. In 1967, a fortuitous meeting with Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, resulted in Wolman becoming that publication's first chief photographer. For three years his photographs were published regularly in Rolling Stone and became the magazine's graphic centerpiece. Over forty years later, those same photographs, picture memories of the 60's, are now widely exhibited and collected. In 1970, Wolman left the Stone to start his own magazine, Rags, the "Rolling Stone of fashion." The creative and irreverent monthly featured styles of the times and was an acknowledged journalistic success. Unfortunately, Rags did not survive the recession and publication ceased after only 13 issues. When he was suddenly bitten by the flying bug in the mid-seventies Wolman bought a little Cessna, learned to fly and began doing aerial photography. Collections of his aerial landscapes have appeared in two successful books, “California From the Air: The Golden Coast” and “The Holy Land: Israel From The Air.” For many years his colorful "airscapes" were published annually in his popular "from the air" scenic calendars. Over the years Wolman had become addicted to publishing's "natural high." In 1974, he founded Squarebooks Publishing. With world headquarters now located 60 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Santa Rosa, California, Squarebooks continues its long tradition of publishing an eclectic list of illustrated, quality books. In August 2001, Baron moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico -- to savor its tasty chili-infused cuisine, to marvel at its relentlessly beautiful sunsets, and to revel in the ambiance of its delightfully eccentric, artistic community. With the 2011 publication of his book, “Baron Wolman – The Rolling Stone Years,” Baron and his photographs are once more in great demand, with exhibits and appearances scheduled in cities and countries around the world. His long-time mantra, “Mixing Business With Pleasure Since 1965,” continues to be his guiding light...
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