California Rocks! Photographers Who Made The Scene, 1960-1980

Presented by Sonoma Valley Museum of Art at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA

Jul 01 2020
Sep 13 2020
California Rocks! Photographers Who Made The Scene, 1960-1980

An exhibition celebrating photographers’ role in West Coast rock ‘n’ roll culture

Exhibition Dates:  July 1 – September 13

[Pictured: Baron Wolman, Big Brother & the Holding Company, 1968, Palace of Fine Arts (detail)]

See website for information on special health and safety measures. For more information, please call 707-939-7862 x101.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is pleased to present California Rocks! Photographers Who Made The Scene, 1960-1980, the first museum exhibition that celebrates the role that photographers and the images they created play in the history of West Coast rock ‘n’ roll culture.

More than 60 photographs in the exhibition capture not only the rock scene in California, but also the social and cultural landscape of the Golden State during rock’s heyday.

Curated by author and former San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin, the exhibition examines the photographers who “shot,” and also “made” the scene of California rock ‘n’ roll photography in the 1960s and ’70s. “These photos are so great, you can see the music. And there will be a lot of famous people on the walls, but the real star is California,” said Selvin.

The exhibition features the top photographers of this genre, including Beth Sunflower Bagby, Joel Bernstein, Henry Diltz, Herb Greene, Suki Hill, Jim Marshall, Baron Wolman, Michael Zagaris, and more. Remarkable photographs reveal the magic and mystic of the first 20 years of California’s rock ‘n’ roll scene. Selvin is a great choice for curating this exhibit due to his deep knowledge of the subject matter from years of chronicling the music scene here in the Bay Area. Drawing largely from deep collections of local scenesters Rick Swig and Nion McEvoy, this is a not-to-be-missed display.

The photography includes images of artists such as Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Emmy Lou Harris and Jackson Browne, to name a few.

An amazing array of images, California Rocks! evokes the sound and scene of the times. Join us to celebrate California not only as a spectral force in rock ‘n’ roll but also an irresistible destination for musicians around the world.


SVMA Members and 12 and under:  Free
General Admission:  $10
Seniors (62+), College Students (with ID), Sonoma Valley Residents:  $7
Ages 13-17:  $5

Family Admission:  $15

Contact: 707.939.7862


    Official Website

Additional time info:

Museum Hours:  Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours may be subject to change so please check museum website for any updates


Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA

551 Broadway 95476

See what's near this venue

Follow us on Facebook

MarinArts is made possible with support from:

MarinArts Sponsors:

Artsopolis Network Members: Akron OH | Austin TX | Bainbridge Island WA | Birmingham AL | Boston MA | Cape Cod MA | Cincinnati OH | Cleveland OH | Colorado Springs CO | Columbia SC | DuPage County IL | Durham NC | Essex County MA | Flagstaff AZ | Flint MI | Fort Lauderdale FL | Indianapolis IN | Kalamazoo MI | Kansas City MO | KeepMovingOKC | Macon GA | Main Line Area PA | Marin County CA | Marquette County MI | Mendocino County CA | Middlesex County NJ | Milwaukee WI | Montgomery County MD | Napa Valley CA | Nashville TN | Niagara County NY | Oklahoma City OK | Orange County CA | Orlando FL | Ottawa IL | Panama City FL | Pittsburgh PA | Providence RI | Quito, Ecuador | Richardson TX | Sacramento CA | San Antonio TX | St. Cloud MN | St. Croix Valley MN/WI | St. Johns County FL | Stillwater MN | Tallahassee FL | Tampa Bay FL | Utah | Ventura CA | York County PA