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Jim Marshall, 1936-2010


Photographer Jim Marshall, the man who famously captured Jimi Hendrix as he set his guitar on fire at a live concert, passed away in March at the age of 74.

Throughout his nearly 50-year career as a music photographer, Marshall captured decades of iconic rock images of artists like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. Marshall also photographed momentous events in rock 'n' roll history, such as the Woodstock Festival in 1969, the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 and the final Beatles concert at Candlestick Park in 1966.

Marshall bought his first camera in high school and his first Leica at 29, when he began documenting the San Francisco jazz scene until he moved to New York.

Besides photographing music events, Marshall created images for more than 500 album covers for bands like the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones, and was featured in magazines, such as Life.

He was also known for his books, including "Trust," a career retrospective; "Not Fade Away," a photo album of Marshall's most memorable rock images; and "Jazz," a collection of early images depicting notable musicians.

A memorial for Marshall was held in May at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.