Legendary rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall died in his sleep last night. He was 74. Marshall is best known for his iconic shots of Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop, The Who greeting the sunrise at Woodstock and Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin. He was chief photographer at Woodstock and was the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles' final concert. Marshall had a special affinity with rock and roll artists, as he said himself, "I see the music."
Jim Marshall had just published “Match Prints” (a new book by Jim Marshall and fellow photographer Timothy White) and was due to appear at a media event for the book tonight at designer John Varvatos' store in New York City. Varvatos said, "We lost one of our closest friends and a cultural icon today. I will miss Jim very much, but his images will not fade away."