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Rockin’ the Desert
Photographs by Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith

Dates: September 10, 2011 – November 12, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7 pm to 10 pm
Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Gallery Hours: 11 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Contact: info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370


Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce our first show of the 2011-2012 season, Rockin' the Desert: Photographs by Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith (Sept 10 – Nov 12, 2011). Baron Wolman, the first photographer for Rolling Stone magazine and celebrated portrait photographer Lynn Goldsmith, give us backstage passes to some of rock n’ roll’s most  important moments and the legends who lived them.

Rockin' the Desert is Etherton Gallery’s contribution to Tucson Rocks, a downtown celebration organized by the Tucson Museum of Art in conjunction with its upcoming exhibition, Who Shot Rock and Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present. Who Shot Rock & Roll features photographs by both Wolman and Goldsmith, and is the first major museum exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music. The exhibitionwas organized by the Brooklyn Museum and guest curator Gail Buckland. Etherton Gallery has collaborated with the Tucson Museum of Art to bring Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith to Tucson, and arranged for them to share the stories and personal experiences behind their pictures.

Working between 1967 and 1970, Baron Wolman’s photographs of the burgeoning music scene for a fledgling Rolling Stone, captured a period of social upheaval and helped define a generation.  A photo-journalist in uncharted territory, Wolman had special access at a time when anything was possible. He documented moments in the lives and performances of seminal figures such as Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Mick Jagger. He also photographed the motley cast of characters around the musicians including the groupies or “GTOs” as they called themselves. Wolman helped establish the early narrative of their careers, but the images are all about the stars we listened to and dreamt of; Jimmy Hendrix in a moment of perfect ecstasy; the almost horizon-less view of the crowd at Woodstock; an uncertain Johnny Cash glancing beyond the camera.  Although many of the musicians met tragic ends, Wolman’s images have endured, keeping them as fresh in our hearts as the day we bought their LP.      

Lynn Goldsmith plunged into the music scene in the late 1960s, filming concerts, directing documentaries, songwriting, photographing, and befriending some of the artists she photographed.  Goldsmith gives us the insider’s view of the musicians at the center of punk, alternative, commercial pop and the exclusive world of the super stars of rock.  Her portraits of music legends including The Police, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Kiss, Keith Richards, and Bruce Springsteen, reflect her personal experiences and are notable for their intimacy and humor. Goldsmith is at home in the studio and at the show, capturing Keith Richards’ humor and passion on stage with the Rolling Stones and his vulnerability in a portrait with wife, Patti Hansen. There is a graceful beauty in her photograph of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page swaying onstage, creating one of the most influential sounds in rock and roll history.  However, the photographs that strike a chord in us, her portraits of a young  Springsteen, a cocky, smirking Sting, and an earnest young band called the Talking Heads, remind us of our own youth, our belief in our indestructability, and convey the palpable sense that change was in the air.

Rockin’ the Desert: Photographs by Baron Wolman and Lynn Goldsmith opens at Etherton Gallery on Saturday, September 10 with an artist reception, 7-10pm.  Baron Wolman will talk about his work, Saturday, September 10 at 1pm in the lobby of the Tucson Museum of Art.  Lynn Goldman will give a talk at the Center for Creative Photography, Saturday October 22, at 1 pm. Etherton Gallery is located in SoCo (the recently designated cultural district South of Congress) at 135 South 6th Avenue in downtown Tucson, AZ 85701, above Janos Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails. Regular hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm and by appointment. For more information, contact the gallery at 520-624-7370 or info@ethertongallery.com . For information about Who Shot Rock and Roll, please contact Morgan Wells at the Tucson Museum of Art at 520-624-2333.

Contact: Daphne Srinivasan, Hannah Glasston, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ (520) 624-7370


Image Credits:

Baron Wolman Jimi Hendrix, Fillmore West, San Francisco (1968) gelatin silver print
Photo© Baron Wolman, courtesy Etherton Gallery

Lynn Goldsmith, U2, New York City (1982) gelatin silver print
 ©Lynn Goldsmith, courtesy Etherton Gallery

Lynn Goldsmith, Led Zeppelin, New York City (1975) gelatin silver print
 ©Lynn Goldsmith, courtesy Etherton Gallery


Baron Wolman Lynn Goldsmith Press Release