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Jim Marshall, legendary rock photographer, dies

Emma Brown

Jim Marshall, one of the most famous rock photographer of the last 50 years, who captured iconic images of musical legends including Janis Joplin, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, has died, according to the Associated Press.

He was in New York City to promote his latest book, "Match Prints," a collaboration with photographer Timothy White, and apparently died in his sleep there Tuesday night.

He was best known for his pictures from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and 1969's Woodstock.

The San Franciscan demanded total access to his famous subjects, sometimes living with them 24-7, and his photographs -- including an informal portrait of John Coltrane and an iconic image of Johnny Cash giving the one-finger salute at San Quentin Prison -- reflect his rapport with some of the greatest stars of the last half-century. He was the only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatles' final concert, at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

"I do see the music," Marshall said, according to his web site. "This 'career' has never been just a job--it's been my life."

Full obituary to come. Meantime, check out this gallery of his pictures and please leave your thoughts about your favorite Marshall shot.


By Emma Brown  |  March 25, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
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