When you think about some of the classic moments of early rock and roll, Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan kicking a tire down a Lower East Side street, Richie Havens on stage at Woodstock, Janis Joplin on the couch with a bottle of Southern Comfort, Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin prison . . . they were all shot by Jim Marshall, who died this week at the age of 74.
Most consider his work to be perhaps the most important visual archive of the musicians of the 1960′ and 1970s. People like The Beatles, The Who, The Stones, John Coltane, Miles Davis, all were in his lens. The images above are just a few of the more than 500 album covers that contained his photography.
As he said so eloquently about his relationship with these artists,
“I feel that in my photographs there is a trust given by the artists. When I point the camera at somebody, there is covenant, and I will not violate that trust”
Go to his website and be amazed by the legacy of his work.
“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.”