RIP: Jim Marshall (music photographer)

Music News | Mar 24th, 2010

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(Jim Marshall’s iconic Johnny Cash at San Quentin photo)
Legendary music photographer Jim Marshall passed away today at the age of 74. He was scheduled to appear tonight at John Varvatos store in New York City to promote his new book “Match Prints.” An exhibition of photographs from that book is schedule to open on Friday at the Staley-Wise gallery. Jim Marshall is known for having some of rock’s most iconic photographs including Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire, Johnny Cash flipping the bird at the camera, iconic Woodstock photos and The Beatles walking on stage at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park for their last-ever tour date in 1966. As a music photographer myself, this news is really sad to hear. Especially since Jim Marshall is a photographer all of us want to be and strive just to be as good as he was. He will be missed!

Legendary rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall died in his sleep last night. He was 74. Marshall is best known for his iconic shots of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop, The Who greeting the sunrise at Woodstock and Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin. He was chief photographer at Woodstock and was the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles’ final concert. Marshall had a special affinity with rock and roll artists, as he said himself, “I see the music.”

Be sure to check out his official website and see all his rock photographs here.


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