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Rock Photographer Marshall Honored at Grammy Awards


The late Jim Marshall, one of the legends of rock 'n' roll photography, was honored with a tribute during the 2014 Grammy Awards weekend. The ceremony, during which Marshall was given a posthumous Trustees Award, was held on Jan. 25 at the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards.

Marshall, who died at age 74 in 2010, was famous for shooting some of the most famous photos of music industry icons, such as Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many other musicians.

As a San Francisco native, Marshall started shooting in the 1950s, focusing mostly on musicians and beat poets around the city. As the 1960s began, he briefly moved to New York City to shoot for record labels, but later returned to the West Coast as a freelance photographer, covering rock acts at clubs, festivals and concerts.

Marshall most famous images are of Jimi Hendrix setting fire to his guitar on stage at the legendary Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. Other notable images include one of singer Janis Joplin, reclining backstage at the Winterland Ballroom in 1968, holding a bottle of Southern Comfort and "Johnny Cash (Flipping the Bird)," with Cash glaring at Marshall's camera and raising his middle finger during a 1969 concert at San Quentin State Prison.