Groupies and Other Electric Ladies The original 1969 Rolling Stone photographs by Baron Wolman
Size: 300 mm x 240 mm
Illustrations: 200 b&w
- For the first time in book form, these are the photographs taken by the legendary Baron Wolman for the February 1969 'Special Super-Duper Neat Issue' of Rolling Stone
- Key images from a time of explosive revolution in music and culture - featuring Pamela des Barres, Catherine James, Sally Mann, Cynthia Plaster Caster and many more
- The original chronicle of the women who became deeply influential style icons, integral to the worlds of musicians like Frank Zappa, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper, The Who and Gram Parsons
"Mr. Wolman's view of the women as style icons comes into sharp focus thanks to a new coffee-table book, Groupies and Other Electric Ladies. It collects his published portraits along with outtakes, contact sheets, the original articles from the issue and new essays that put the subjects into a modern context. The thick paper stock and oversize format emphasizes Mr. Wolman's view of the groupies as pioneers in hippie frippery." New York Times Style section
"...style and fashion mattered greatly, were central to their presentation, and I became fascinated with them... I discovered what I believed was a subculture of chic and I thought it merited a story." Baron Wolman
The 1960s witnessed a huge cultural revolution. Music was at the heart of a new generation's rallying cry for love, peace and harmony - from small clubs to giant festivals like Woodstock. With men predictably dominating as musicians and performers, the women and girls backstage started to explore their own forms of liberation and self-expression. They became better known as the Groupies - offering their allegiance to the music, and the artists who made it.
On February 15, 1969 Rolling Stone magazine released a 'Special Super-Duper Neat Issue' called 'THE GROUPIES and Other Girls' featuring the work of their chief photographer, Baron Wolman. It would turn out to be a sensational milestone, making instant celebrities of the women featured. With this single issue, the Groupies had arrived.
They emerged as extraordinary women, whose lifestyles divided opinion and remain controversial. Some became models, actresses, writers, artists and musicians - the GTOs, the original 'Groupie band' admired and encouraged by Frank Zappa, is featured here. Others fell into obscurity.
Now, over 45 years later, ACC and Iconic Images are proud to publish the photographs of Baron Wolman in a single volume for the first time. Groupies and Other Electric Ladies features more than 150 images, including previously unseen out-takes and contact sheets, and comes complete with the original Rolling Stone text, as well as interviews with several of the women today.
What the press have said about this book...
"From the notorious “Plaster Caster” girls to the “GTO” squad, the portraits of the groupies could be contemporary fashion shoots in addition to being great anthropological documents of a golden moment in American music." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Mr. Wolman’s view of the women as style icons comes into sharp focus thanks to a new coffee-table book, “Groupies and Other Electric Ladies.” It collects his published portraits along with outtakes, contact sheets, the original articles from the issue and new essays that put the subjects into a modern context. The thick paper stock and oversize format emphasizes Mr. Wolman’s view of the groupies as pioneers in hippie frippery." -- New York Times Style section
"Wolman’s photographs, for the most part, sidestep the potential sorrows of groupie life and focus, instead, on his subjects’ extraordinary presence before a lens. The women of “Groupies” are composed and sensual but also keenly aware that they are being gazed upon; their vamping seems centered upon a kind of defiant, come-at-this stare." --The New Yorker
“Groupies and Other Electric Ladies,” a collection of striking black-and-white portraits culled from the special issue—all shot by Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone’s first chief photographer—was released as an imposing hardcover book. Collectively, these portraits suggest that “groupie” implies not just a woman who readily sleeps with rock stars but a vital progenitor of countercultural style—a purveyor of the sort of sartorial eclecticism (dexterously mixing incongruous pieces from different eras; inhabiting those pieces with beatific self-assurance) that continues to pervade high fashion even a half-century later." -- The New Yorker