Jim Marshall, Legendary Rock Photographer, Passes Away at 74

March 24th, 2010 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

Jim Marshall at Woodstock in 1969.
Photograph by Henry Diltz

Jim Marshall, the photographer who captured some of rock & roll’s most unforgettable images including photos of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop and Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin, died in his sleep last night in New York. He was 74.

Look back at Jim Marshall’s iconic photos from his book Trust.

The Beatles photographed backstage at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, on August 29, 1966.
Photograph © Jim Marshall

After starting as a professional photographer in 1959, Marshall was given unparalleled access to rock’s biggest artists, including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Who, Miles Davis and Ray Charles. He was the only photographer granted backstage access for the Beatles’ final full concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966 and he also shot the Rolling Stones on their historic 1972 tour.

Grace Slick and Janis Joplin photographed in 1967.
Photograph © Jim Marshall

Marshall developed special bonds with the artists he covered and those relationships helped him capture some of his most vivid and iconic imagery. In one of his last interviews, a chat with Rolling Stone last October, Marshall summed up his rapport with rock stars best when talking about Joplin: “You could just call her at home and be like, ‘We have to take some pictures,’ and she’d say, ‘OK! Come over!’ She trusted me and knew I had her best interests at heart. I only wanted to make her look good.”

Read Rolling Stone executive editor Jason Fine’s tribute to Jim...

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