Rock photographer Jim Marshall dies at 74

Jim-MarshallImage Credit: Ralph Ackerman/Getty ImagesNoted photographer Jim Marshall, whose lens captured decades of rock history, died today at age 74, according to the Morrison Hotel Gallery. Marshall — who was also an EW contributor — was responsible for countless indelible images of rock legends. His website is full of instantly recognizable snapshots: Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar aflame at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Johnny Cash directing a rude gesture toward the camera at San Quentin Prison in 1969. The Beatles taking the stage at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park for their last-ever tour date in 1966. Bob Dylan chasing a tire down a city street in 1963. Ray Charles in mid-shout. Janis Joplin clutching a fifth of Southern Comfort and grinning in 1968. Jim Morrison taking a drag on a cigarette in 1968. Miles Davis on the ropes at a boxing ring in 1971. And so many more.

Marshall (pictured above) was to have participated in a conversation with fellow photographer Timothy White at designer John Varvatos’ NYC store tonight. Instead, a Varvatos rep says photographer Danny Clinch will present an early preview from a documentary about Marshall that he has been working on.

Marshall will be greatly missed. The Music Mix extends its condolences to those who knew and worked with him.


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  • 4rocket

    At least he’s now reunited with the other James Marshall.

    • thurman james

      As a music photographer, JIM MARSHALL is one of the GREATEST music photographer i know of.

  • becky mcgrady

    Our family had the pleasure to know Jim well. He has been a guest in our home and shared some wonderful family moments with us. Introduced to us by a wonderful mutual friend, Bill, who passed not long ago, Jim is now in the company of many we love and admire.
    Bless you Jim!

  • Deborah

    Wow, what a loss. The man captured so many now-iconic images in rock history. My condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost a great artist.

    • bme

      oops, actually meant to agree with deborah’s comments. he was 1 of the best.

  • bme

    Many iconic images, a great artist. RIP

  • len

    we were friends for 40 years..he will be missed

  • Ilan Ben Menachem

    oops, actually meant to agree with deborah’s comments. he was 1 of the best.

  • Minette Farthing

    Jim said he was part of our family since he was 18 years old. We feel the same. He was too alive to have died. We miss him so very much. No one more entertaining, maddening or loyal!

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