Sally Mann Romano, an attorney in her native Texas, is the proprietor of an animal sanctuary and deep-pocket money pit known as Rockit Ranch Rescue. She came to the law after her marriage to Spencer Dryden, drummer for Jefferson Airplane, having also spent a number of years working for, traveling with, and tending to Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick, Ten Years After, Stephen Stills, The Band, and other characters of similarly dubious repute.
Sally has been featured in a number of photo essays of so-called “groupies” and women in rock by Baron Wolman, Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, and other renowned rock-and-roll photographers. She is the subject of paintings by artists as diverse as Jim Bama and Alice McMahon, both of whom based their works on the iconic photo by Baron Wolman that originally appeared in Rolling Stone, and countless interviews and magazine articles.
Her memoir, The Band’s With Me, available on Blurb with a foreword by Grace Slick and photographs by Baron Wolman, Henry Diltz, Herb Greene, Rosie McGee, and others, chronicles her escapades in the kaleidoscopic world of music and entertainment in the late 1960s and 1970s, comes clean on affairs of the heart and otherwise, and offers a wry, unsparing take on some of the more unforgettable musicians who marked an equally unforgettable era. There are over 100 photos, many previously unpublished.
There is nothing like a Grateful Dead show. The music, the feeling that you experience at their concerts is the most original cosmic force existent.
This magazine does an incredible job in 100 pages of capturing and documenting the 48 years of America’s greatest band. It’s a tremendous value at $11.99 to have a well curated, cross-functional collection of excerpted articles from the original pages of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Baron Wolman was the first photographer to work for America’s legendary Rolling Stone magazine, many of whose images from the late sixties and early seventies have become iconic shots from rock’s most productive era. I have read Rolling Stone Magazine since its inception and have very fond memories of Baron Wolman’s unique photographs. He defined and shaped my rock and roll music tastes through his insightful lens.
Book: Every Picture Tells A Story, Baron Wolman, The Rolling Stone Years (Due to be released in October, 2011).
I look forward to this book being available later this year. I hope Baron Wolman comes East to autograph the book along with a photo gallery show at Morrison Hotel Gallery.
I own this piece on my music wall in my home office, signed by Baron Wolman and Carlos Santana, it’s a striking work of art.