Friday, April 6, 2012

Explore the Legacy of Jim Marshall, the Father of Loud

Jim Marshall, dubbed the Father of Loud for creating the Marshall stack, has died at the age of 88. The L.A. Times has an obituary that highlights how the amplifiers he invented had a profound influence on the sound of rock.

Jim Marshall dies at 88; creator of famed rock 'n' roll amplifiers

Want to explore his legacy further? Head to the media center to hear and see the many acts that rely on Marshall stacks, including This Is Spinal Tap (DVD 696), which includes Nigel Tufnel's legendary (and fictional) Marshall amp that goes all the way to 11. And even though Pete Townshend was a Marshall customer, the supplement cover for the Who's Thirty Years of Maximum R & B Live (DVD 3611-3612) has a photo of a blown Hiwatt amp.

For even more detail, check out these books on the man and his productions:

Jim Marshall, Father of Loud: The Story of the Man Behind the Worlds Most Famous Guitar Amplifiers (TK7807 .M37 M35 2004)

The History of Marshall: The Illustrated Story of "The Sound of Rock" (ML1015.G9 D69 1993)

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