New exhibit at Longview museum features Rolling Stone cover art

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Updated: Apr. 10, 2019 at 4:27 PM CDT
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Pretty much everybody would like a backstage pass, and the Longview Museum of Fine Arts is offering one.

Well, sort of. Their new exhibit is called Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of the Rolling Stone.

We got a look at some original prints that became Rolling Stone covers between 1967 and 1970.

Longview Museum of Fine Arts Director Tiffany Jehorek is pretty excited about Baron Wolman, The Early Years of Rolling Stone.

“It’s fantastic. So Baron Wolman was photographer who pretty much created the rock star persona,” Jehorek said.

The exhibit shows a lot of Wolman’s work and the steps of the process to get to the cover of the Rolling Stone.

“It has contact sheets, then it shows the portrait that he chose, then it shows the actual Rolling Stone magazine cover,” she explained.

There are also other prints from the same shoots that were rejected as covers. Rolling Stone magazine wasn’t always that slick glossy paper like a photo print.

“Back then it was just kind of a newspaper you can see how far we’ve come,” Jehorek pointed out.

The musicians hanging out here are fifty years younger than they are today, if they’re still around. But there are more than just the somewhat posed pictures for covers.

“It’s also got a lot of pictures from behind the scenes in the concerts that he took,” Jehorek said.

And there is also a little something that has pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur. Many people aren’t familiar with the:

“Light boxes with the contact sheet where you can take the little glass and look at it,” Jehorek stated.

The prints on display are originals from the late sixties, and of course the covers are as well. This may be a good place to go this weekend considering what the weather may do on Saturday.

“Yes, so if it’s raining on Saturday this is the place to come to get out and take some cover,” Jehorek laughed.

Taking cover with the covers; just makes sense somehow, inside these stone walls.

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday in Downtown Longview. Admission is $5, and of course museum members get in free. The exhibit will be up through May 25.

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