Skip to main content

Susquehanna Life

Iconic Rolling Stone Magazine Photos Featured at Reading Public Museum

Dec 19, 2014 01:39PM ● By Kevin

The Reading Public Museum’s new exhibition, Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone, allows visitors to explore how photographers and editors of Rolling Stone guided the creation of the “rock star” persona, from concert, to cover, to icon. This exhibit runs from Saturday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, May 10 in the Meinig Family Gallery, and is sponsored locally by Stevens & Lee/Griffin.

An Opening Reception will be held in conjunction with Spirits of the Passage: The story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, on Friday, Jan. 23, 2014, from 5:30 until 7 p.m., including light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments with a first look at the exhibition. The cost is $15 for Members and $20 for Non-Members. For reservations and info, call Lindsay Crist at 610-371-5850 x230.

Immortalized by writers, filmmakers, and musicians from Stephen King to Dr. Hook, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has embodied generations of popular culture. 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 and roll history.

Contextualized in 35 framed photographs, contact sheets, and original covers, Backstage Pass presents an intimate view during a crucial period of cultural transformation in American history. Feeding the heightened political and cultural climate of the time, featured artists Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Frank Zappa came to represent generational ideas through music, words, and visual imagery.

Backstage Pass is curated by Ben Ahlvers, gallery director at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas and organized by ExhibitsUSA.

The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pa. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID) and free to Members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Web:

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Susquehanna Life's free newsletter to stay informed