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Back Stage Pass Exhibit


M.P. Baker Library, Panola College to exhibit Back Stage Pass*
*exhibition drawn from photograPhs by rolling stone magazine’s *
*first photographer, Baron Wolman*
*Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone **Opens*
September 1, 2017 at the Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library, Panola
College. Immortalized by writers, filmmakers, and musicians from Stephen King to
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, the cover of *Rolling Stone *magazine has
embodied generations of popular culture. For artists, the cover is a
coveted career achievement, and for many readers, it represents a fantasy
realm of the rock-n-roll lifestyle. The exhibition *Backstage Pass: Baron
Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone* explores how the lens of one
artist’s camera captured and helped define one of the most important eras
in rock-n-roll history. The exhibition opens September 1, 2017 at the
Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library, Panola College where it will be
on view through October 20, 2017.
In the 1960s and 70s, *Rolling Stone* provided a national voice to the
counter-culture movement, and gave readers unprecedented access to
musicians before the days of personal branding. As Chief Photographer
for Rolling Stone from 1967 to 1970, Baron Wolman pioneered a new genre of iconic rock
photography. *Backstage Pass *gives viewers an opportunity to experience
how the photographers and editors of *Rolling Stone* guided the creation of
the “rock star” persona, from concert, to cover, to icon.
Through the exhibition’s 35 framed photographs, contact sheets, and
original *Rolling Stone *magazine covers, *Backstage Pass *presents an
intimate view of a crucial period of cultural transformation in American
history. Visitors will go “backstage” to see how photographic coverage of
events such as Woodstock and The Day on the Green have contributed to our
collective cultural memory.
Feeding the heightened political and cultural climate of the time, featured
artists Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, and Frank
Zappa came to represent generational ideals through music, words, and
visual imagery. Taking an unobtrusive approach with his subjects, Wolman’s
techniques resulted in photographs and eventually magazine covers that
capture a rawness and emotion of the artists and a generation.
Together, *Backstage Pass* encourages our understanding of how images become iconic symbols of American history.
The exhibit will be on display in the Fay Allison Gallery from September 1,
2017-October 20, 2017 from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to
12:30 pm on Fridays and 4 – 9 pm on Sundays. There is no charge to see the
exhibit.  For additional information please call 903-693-2091 or email
*Backstage Pass *is curated by Ben Ahlvers, gallery director at the
Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. The exhibition is toured by
ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), which
sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 communities across
the country every year. M-AAA is the oldest nonprofit regional arts
organization in the United States. More information is available at

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