Thursday, April 5, 2012

RIP Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall, inventor of one of Rock & Roll's most important innovations, the Marshall amplifier has died at the age of 88. According to Rolling Stone the story goes that "Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who opened his own music shop in London in 1960. When local musicians, including the Who's Pete Townshend, made him aware that there was no British alternative to expensive American made amplifiers, he designed his own. At Townshend's suggestion, Marshall created an amp with a cabinet - the Marshall stack. A half century later, the Marshall stack is a defining feature of rock concerts everywhere". 

He is also known by his nickname "The Father of Loud".

RIP good man. Thank you for your contributions to the music that I know and love.

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