Another big loss for the music world: Jim Marshall, amp-man extraordinaire, died today. He was 88.
Marshall’s name is, literally, on the sound of innumerable rock legends, his cursive signature looping across the faces of amplifiers stacked behind Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Slash and lots and lots of others.
The “Marshall stack” is now shorthand for a thick, meaty, dirty, heavy sound achieved by combining a pair of his massive speaker cabinets with a Marshall amplifier head. If you’re running a Les Paul through it, so much the better.
Remember Nigel Tufnel and his amp that went to 11? It was a Marshall.
Marshall died after suffering several strokes in recent years and developing cancer at the end of last year.