Jim Marshall 1936-2010

The music world lost another great the other day when it was reported that Jim Marshall passed away at the age of 74. I had no idea who he was until I was visiting my buddy, Jim Dunbar’s apartment on Canal Street in the mid ’90s. I saw some great pictures on his wall and he told me they had been taken by Jim Marshall. With his name on my mind, I realized that many of the great pictures of my favorite artists were taken by none other. The Johnny Cash “finger” picture? Jim. The Allman Brothers, “Live at the Fillmore East” cover. Jim. The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and many, many more.

In a year where we’ve lost some super talented and some legendary musicians, this one hurts on a different level. Jim Marshall’s contribution to the documented history of rock is remarkable.

— JA

(here’s the  NYT obit of Jim Marshall by Ben Sisario)