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Taj Mahal – Photo of The Week

Taj Mahal at His Home

Taj Mahal at his home in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, CA, where Baron Wolman captured the iconic image. 

Three-time GRAMMY winner and American music icon Taj Mahal is far more than a blues artist. Over his five-decade career, Mahal has freely embraced influences from jazz, country as well as Caribbean and African traditions. Thus, creating a wealth of recordings that runs the gamut of styles and approaches.

About the Photographer

Settling in Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s, Wolman was surrounded by Janis and the Grateful Dead in close-by digs. Wolman was soon accompanying journalist Jann Wenner to the now famous and genre-defining Mills College conference on rock music. Wenner happened to be the founder of Rolling Stone magazine.

He liked Wolman’s style, offered him a job and Wolman launched as the first official document-er of the new psychedelic age. Beginning with the magazine’s opening issue, Wolman’s photographs were windows on the parade of the different, the delightful and the doomed, and his pictures became the gold standard by which rock photography would be measured.

The artists he captured on film

During his fast-paced tenure, Wolman’s lens captured the royalty of the ’60s pop and rock explosion: Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Phil Spector, Jim Morrison, Ike & Tina Turner, Tim Leary, and a motley cast of hangers-on.  You can learn about Baron on his website: http://fotobaron.com/

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