It’s to image what music world would sound like had it not been for Jim Marshall, the inventor of the infamous Marshall Amplifiers. Unfortunately, Marshall died Thursday at 88 in an English hospice after suffering from cancer and several severe strokes, his son Terry Marshall told the Associated Press.
There are very few people who can truly be attributed with reshaping music in the 20th century and Jim Marshall is one of them. The Marshall amp is more than a mechanism for rock guitar gods to pump their jams, but a symbol that represents all things rock ‘n roll.
Perhaps Nikki Sixx, bassist from Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M., summed it up best in his tweet, “R.I.P. Jim Marshall. You were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music’s history and 50% of all our hearing loss……”
“Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.” (From statement on MarshallAmps.com)
For me, Marshall ignited my passion for music. Although I’ve written in past that hearing the Romeros Guitar Quartet drew me to study classical guitar, it was rockers like Slash, Dave Mustaine and Angus Young that stirred the desire to pursue music in general.
Jim Marshall thanks for contribution to world. Your memory lives on through the musicians you’ve inspired and the music they share with all of us. R.I.P.
For more biographical information about Jim Marshall, the L.A. Times has published a great article about his life.
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