In honor of Johnny Cash’s recent birthday (he would have been 81) I gathered some of my favorite Cash images (plus a proof sheet) featured in the JMPLLC blog over the past two years. Many of the images shown below were highlighted to promote his wildly successful book, “Pocket Cash”– the last book Jim Marshall approved before his death in March 2010.
What better way to celebrate February 14, the “official” day of love (in the U.S. anyway), than to focus on some of what we adore most here at Team Marshall: the lovely surprises and serendipitous gifts that await us when exploring Jim Marshall’s magnificent and still quite-mysterious photo archive.
It would have been Jim’s 77th birthday this Sunday, February 3, 2013. Notably, one of Jim’s favorite teams, the San Francisco 49ers, is in New Orleans preparing to take it to the Baltimore Ravens in the Superbowl (Go Niners!) this Sunday as well. All this synergy got me to thinking about birthdays past and one of the more super surprises I ever pulled off. Basically, I managed to crash Jim’s big 50th birthday celebration: a formal dinner at his favorite Marina restaurant, Mulhern’s, with dozens of his nearest and dearest friends in attendance.
Looking back on the past two years that I’ve been lucky enough to blog on “all things Jim” for Team Marshall – this is the 66th blog I’ve posted in fact – I feel a host of emotions: shock at how much time has gone by, excitement at how much is still left to uncover ... and gratitude. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to explore the vast archive left behind by a photojournalist literally possessed by the need to capture the 20th century’s most important people and moments.
“I rambled all the time. I was just like that, like a rollin’ stone.” – Muddy Waters