Rock `n` Roll Photographer, Jim Marshall, Dies at 74

April 2, 2010 by  
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“When I`m photographing people, I don`t like to give any direction. There are no hair people fussing around, no makeup artists. I`m like a reporter, only with a camera; I react to my subject in their environment, and if it`s going well, I get so immersed in it that I become one with the camera.” Not Fade Away-Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall was found dead at the W Hotel in New York on Wednesday, March 24th. Jim was 74 and was in New York to promote a new book, Match Prints, a collection of his photographs that he did in collaboration with a friend, Timothy White. Some of his photographs are so famous, that they practically helped to define the star. The shot of Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at Monterey Pop is a good example.

His approach was natural, and he often shot in black and white. He shunned theatrics or staging and saw himself as more of a reporter, just trying to capture the moment. I like the one of Janis Joplin gripping a bottle of Southern Comfort. Now that`s a moment. Jim did as many as 500 record covers also. I would like to look over (need a refresher course) these covers.

One wonders how a photograph can help to ignite the career of a rock star? If the photo is good enough, it will be published in magazines and shown on TV. And nowadays it will spread like wildfire on the internet. But ultimately, the shot has to elicit some sort of emotion from the viewer. Just look at Johnny Cash shooting the bird at San Quentin State Prison. If you don`t feel something from that, then you must be dead! (source-The New York Times-Jim Marshall, Rock `n` Roll Photographer, Dies at 74 by Ben Sisario-March 25, 2010) *(above left my photo of a photo of Jim Marshall by Jeffrey Scales/HSP Archive)

Feel the LOVE-New Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune!

March 29, 2010 by  
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I see-sawed, I fudged, I waffled as I roamed Waterloo yesterday in search of a record that wouldn`t go straight to my Cut-Out Bin. This is a graveyard for records that die a horrible death. But on the horizon was a blue cover, a savior of sorts, it`s Jimi Hendrix Valleys Of Neptune. 12 new Hendrix tracks for most of us, except the bootleg fanatics who already have these tracks. This is Hendrix`s follow up to Electric Ladyland, and was mostly recorded in early 1969 with The Experience.

I`m blown away! Don`t know what to say. I`ve never heard any of these tracks before. I would recommend getting a brick and mortar store bought copy of this CD. Waterloo had a vinyl edition that looked delicious! But the booklet has new pics of Jimi and killer linernotes that give you history about the songs, when and where they were recorded, and even what Jimi was thinking in terms of production and artistic direction. John McDermott has brought the moribund art of linernotes back to life here!

Naturally, you will want to break down every song, if not every note played by Jimi Hendrix on this brand new album-Valleys Of Neptune. Fave so far is an instrumental, Lullaby For The Summer, track 11. Maybe Jimi will chart again? Can you dig it? New J.H. and it`s 1969 again? Get out the tie-die…

Today Marks The Day That Jimi Hendrix Died-What Really Happened?

September 18, 2009 by  
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The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye.
The story of love is hello and goodbye until we meet again.

jimi-hendrixThese are lyrics from the very last song that Jimi Hendrix was working on the night before he died. Jimi died on September 18th, 1970, so today marks the 39th anniversary of his death. Hendrix was only 28 years old. His death is often associated with other rock legends such as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Brian Jones, who all died around the same time. Just a coincidence, I suppose?

The circumstances surrounding Jimi Hendrix`s death have always been somewhat murky. In the fall of 1970 wild rumors were flying like cave bats around the halls of my high school! One even said that he injected LSD into his brain…Unspeakable causes of death were mentioned *(but word processing it is okay). I know one thing, the official account that`s been given doesn`t add up. Every time Monica Dannemann (Hendrix`s girlfriend at the time) told the story of finding Jimi dead her account would change. She committed suicide in 1996. I`m not suggesting that she was involved in foul play. Maybe it was out of a sense of guilt?SamarkandHotel

What account of Jimi Hendrix`s death do you believe is most credible? *(The Samarkand Hotel, where Jimi Hendrix died, supposedly of sleeping pills and too much red wine?