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Limited Edition Photographs Release, December 19, 2007


December 19, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - Wolfgang’s Vault, the online home for live music, announced the release today of limited edition of 15 photographs by famed rock photographers Joe Sia, Michael Zagaris and Baron Wolman. This rare selection of hand-picked prints have never before been made available to the public and feature candid shots of rock’s foremost legends including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Frank Zappa, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles.

Wolfgang’s Vault is the premier source of fine art photo prints sold on behalf of the illustrious photographers who lived the rock decades from an insider’s point of view. These rarities were hand selected from the nearly 7000 rock photographs in Wolfgang’s Vault that chronicle the history of rock.

Baron Wolman: Settling in Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s, Wolman landed not only in the literal city of seismic change but at the absolute figurative center of change itself. Surrounded by Janis and the Grateful Dead, 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 began to capture and document 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.

Michael Zagaris: Michael Zagaris, known as ‘the Z-man’, is not a picture-taker. He doesn’t take photos "of" people: his viewfinder aims to capture from the inside out. A centered soul in a yin-yang universe, he offers the performer's eye view. Zagaris became his subjects: the Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin. He donned the make-up and ran down the tunnel into the perfect blindness of stage lights, feeling the electric jolt of thrill, fear and let's-put-a-show-on with the artists. As an insider he takes photographs of what was, not what one expected to see. He is team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers since 1973, and for the Oakland A's, Zagaris is sports' inside-out shooter. Ankles taped and knee pad-clad, he's the guy so close to the players that they don't even need to pose for him, they just live.

Joe Sia: Born in the Bronx and a committed Yankees man, the gone-too-soon Joe loved music and gravitated around the Fillmore East and the flower-power youth-culture rock scene in which he set out to capture some of the most incredible sounds of the last half-century. How could Joe capture sounds on camera film? He did it by focusing on the faces of the performers and the woozing-oozing crowd and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.


Wolfgang's Vault was recently hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled in one business." At visitors can find, browse and purchase poster art, vintage t-shirts, concert photos, concert tickets and other rock music memorabilia while they listen to rare, never-before-heard recordings of live concerts featuring Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and many others. Wolfgang's Vault was founded in 2003 with the acquisition of the personal archive of legendary promoter Bill Graham and is housed in a 20,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in San Francisco.

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