Jim Marshall, inventor of one of rock & roll’s most important innovations – the Marshall amplifier – died last month one year ago today at the age of 88, and we wanted to take the time to revisit the memory of this legend.
And rather than a moment of silence, here is a minute of FEEDBACK for the FATHER OF LOUD!
Marshall was actually a drummer and drum teacher who opened his own music shop in London in 1960, but when local musicians like Pete Townshend from the Who made him aware that the Briton’s needed an alternative to expensive American amps, he designed his own.
At Townshend’s suggestion, Marshall created an amp with a cabinet – the “Marshall stack.” Half a century later, the Marshall stack is a defining feature of rock concerts everywhere, and because of it, Marshall has been listed as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
Marshall was a sickly youth, and his rise is touted as “a true rags-to-riches tale,” as a tribute honoring the founder on the company’s Website so-called it. As “one of the four forefathers” it says, he is “responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born.”
Though the Marshall amp family “mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously,” the tribute concludes, “we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!”