In Music I Trust

James Joseph Marshall


“I love all the musicians – they’re like family. Looking back I realize I was there at the beginning of something special, I’m like a historian. There’s an honesty about this work that I’m proud of. It feels good to think, my God, I really captured something amazing.”


Jim Marshall (1936-2010) was born in Chicago and moved to San Francisco with his family when he was only two years old. There in the City by the Bay he remained during his lifetime. A Brownie camera was one of his first toys. Later he bought a Leica when he was in high school. After coming back from the serving in the Air Force, Marshall met John Coltrane. One day, while he was photographing backstage at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in 1960, Coltrane asked him for directions to Berkeley. “He asked me for directions to a club,” Marshall said later. “I told him I’d pick him up and take him there if he’d let me take his picture.” This way the visual linkage between Marshall and the best jazz and rock performers was strengthened.


John Coltrane


Thelonious Monk & Allen Gingsberg


Ray Charles


Miles Davis


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Miles Davies & Steve McQueen


The Beatles


The Rolling Stones


Jimi Hendrix


Janis Joplin


Grace Slick


Jefferson Airplane


Jim Morrison


Led Zeppelin


Alice Cooper


The Who


Bob Dylan


Johnny Cash & June Carter


John Lennon

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