Peek Into Rock‘n’Roll Past with Backstage Pass

For Immediate Release: 8/28/19
Media Contact: Jaime Wong
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Peek Into Rock‘n’Roll Past with Backstage Pass
New Library Exhibit Features Landmark Rolling Stone Covers, Contact Sheets

SAN FRANCISCO, CAImmortalized by writers, filmmakers and artists, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is iconic. 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 will be at the Main Library, Jewett Gallery, August 31 – October 20, 2019.

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 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. Experience through the exhibit how featured artists Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Frank Zappa came to represent generational ideals through music, words and visual imagery.

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).

This exhibit will be on view in the Jewett Gallery on the Lower Level of the San Francisco Public Library between August 31 and October 20, 2019.

Exhibit: Backstage Pass Aug. 31 – Oct. 20, Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Lower Level

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