Rock photographer Jim Marshall has died. You may not know the name but you know the pictures. He took many of the iconic photographs that appeared in Rolling Stone and many other publications.
I knew Jim Marshall, and I had interviewed him on the morning show several times over the years. He was a good guy and a great photographer. We will miss him.
He had published several books of photos which are still available. I recommend them wholeheartedly. Jim had a real eye for composition. Rock stars liked him and let him get close enough to take the kinds of pictures nobody else could. Also, Jim didn't look like a photographer, he looked like a musician, which made him blend in backstage. I'd often see Jim backstage at Winterland or the Fillmore, blending effortlessly with the bands. Jim was an all-access guy in a restricted world. He was a giant among photographers. He did several sessions with the Greg Kihn Band back in the day. I remember that he worked fast, something we appreciated.
Here are some famous Jim Marshall photos: