Legendary rock photographer Jim Marshall has died at the age of 74. As Rolling Stone reports, Marshall passed away during his sleep (March 23). By way of tribute, here are a few of his iconic photographs.
Best known for taking pictures of the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Who, his pictures of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival (pictured) and Johnny Cash’s middle finger salute at San Quentin, have become iconic. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Marc Bolan of T.Rex shot by photographer Jim Marshall. In his 50-year career Marshall shot everyone from Sly Stone to The Rolling Stones, Jimi, Janis and Jefferson Airplane. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
“Frank Zappa was asleep in his bed”, Jim remembered of this shot. “I made him sit up for a moment, he looked at the camera, I took a couple of shots and he went back to sleep again. This was at his home in Los Angeles in 1967.” Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Jim Marshall shot the Johnny Cash TV show for Columbia and this picture is taken in 1969 when Boy Dylan was a guest. The pair sung ‘Girl From The North Country Fair’. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson shot around the time of ‘Pet Sounds’. “I think I spent half a day with him at home” Jim remembered, “playing his piano or whatever. I don’t even remember doing this session, but it must have been for Teen Set magazine.” Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Jeff Beck shot in America during soundcheck. Photographer Jim Marshall and Beck drove to the concert in San Jose in Marshall’s Shelby Mustang and talked about classic cars. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Sly Stone at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival. In his book, Jim Marshall recalled hanging out with Sly and some girls (and drugs) at Doris Day’s house in Beverley Hills before being busted by the police. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon at Big Sur, California, in 1969.
“Johnny Cash asked Columbia Records to have me come with them to Folsom Prison in 1968,” Jim Marshall recounted. “I had been busted a few months before for shooting a guy so it was really a bit weird for me. When those gates banged shut I wondered when we were gonna get out again.” Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Jim Marshall shot this legendary picture of Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival and has another excellent anecdote in his new book. “A few numbers before the end Hendrix says to me, ‘You got plenty of film left?'” he recalls. “I said I did and he just told me to get ready. He didn’t say shit but he set fire to his fucking guitar.” Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Jim Morrison in a pensive moment at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival in San Jose in 1968. Jim Marshall shot The Doors three times. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Janis Joplin on a painted Porsche for the promotional poster of Big Brother And The Holding Company’s Fillmore show. Unfortunately the paint job wasn’t sealed and peeled off shortly after. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger shot during the sessions for ‘Exile On Main Street’. Jim Marshall’s new book ‘Trust: Photographs Of Jim Marshall’ is a compendium of his best photos from fifty years in the business. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
The Grateful Dead shot on a 21mm lens in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, with photographer Jim Marshall lying on the ground. “Let’s piss on him” one reportedly said. Pic: Jim Marshall/marshallphoto.com
Publishing five books during his life, including 2009’s Trust, Marshall (pictured) was passionate about his work up until the end, saying “I have no kids, my photographs are my children.”