Legendary Rock Photographer Jim Marshall Dead at 74

Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall, one of rock’s most iconic photographers, has died. According to Rolling Stone, the 74-year-old passed away in his sleep Tuesday night in New York.

Born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco, Marshall began his career in 1959. Getting his break via a chance shoot with John Coltrane (who consented to the photographs after Marshall gave him a ride), Marshall would go on to work some of the most famous musicians of all time, including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead (who once dosed him with acid) and many more. Marshall’s best-known shots include Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey, the Who performing at sunrise during Woodstock and Johnny Cash flipping off the camera at San Quentin. He was also the only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatles‘ farewell 1966 concert at Candlestick Park.

Marshall’s work has been collected in several books, the latest being ‘Match Prints,’ a collaboration with his friend Timothy White. Working right up until the end, Marshall was due at a media event Wednesday night to promote the book in New York. A quote in his official bio perfectly sums up his legacy: “I do see the music. This ‘career’ has never been just a job — it’s been my life.”



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