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23 February 2012
By m3jimphoto
February 23, 2012

Miles Davis: Don’t Hit Me in the Mouth, I Gotta Play Tonight

“I’m always thinking about creating.  My future starts when I wake up every morning ... Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” — Miles Davis

Continuing with our focus on Jim’s work with Miles Davis, we now bring you the heavy hitters, leading off with one of my all-time favorite of Jim's photos: Miles in the Ring or as Jim sometimes referred to it: Don’t Hit Me in the Mouth, I Gotta Play Tonight, which was apparently what Miles would tell his sparring partners at Newman's Gym before they tussled. Why do I love this shot so much?

9 February 2012
By m3jimphoto
February 9, 2012

Miles Davis: Why Don’t You Ever Take Pictures Like That of Me?

In honor of Black History month, we thought we’d focus February’s blogs on another of Jim’s musical heroes: jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer extraordinaire Miles Davis, widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

When I first met Jim, I knew almost nothing about jazz; I was deplorably ignorant, really.  So Jim, as always, went about murdering that ignorance in the most effective of ways by showing me the images and than playing music of his favorites.

26 January 2012
By m3jimphoto
January 26, 2012

Etta James & Johnny Otis: Linked Then, Now and Always

They died within two days of each other -- Ioannis Alexandros Veliotes aka “Johnny Otis” and Jamesetta Hawkins aka “Etta James” – and it got me to thinking about how music connects even the most disparate of souls and smooths over some of the roughest of roads.

12 January 2012
By m3jimphoto
January 12, 2012

Social Lubricant

It’s no big secret that Jim liked his women, his wine and his whiskey.  Anyone who spent any time with him knows the effort it took to keep him from practically pouring the booze down your throat, especially if he wanted something from you or if he sensed you wanted something from him.  And, let’s face it, Jim saw the world in rather stark black-and-white terms, so who wanted what from whom and why was pretty much the the name of the game with him.  If you didn't like it, well, he was more than happy to tell you where you could stick your opinion.

29 December 2011
By m3jimphoto
December 29, 2011

Infinite Delight

It’s a most mysterious process, this work of keeping Jim’s legacy alive.  In some ways it doesn’t even feel much like work to the team behind Jim Marshall Photography LLC, for we get to look at brilliant, heroic photos, discover unseen gems on hidden slides and never-seen proof sheets, and, most fun of all, reminisce about the man and the myth. We know how lucky we are and want to take a moment as 2011 strides to a close to express our gratitude to everyone (whether friend, family, fan, even former foe) who is coming along on the journey with us. In reviewing the 39 blogs I’ve posted this year, it strikes me how busy we’ve all been, especially Amelia Davis, Bonita Passerelli, Jay Blakesberg, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Dave Brolan, Helene Crawshaw, and Michael Whalen.

15 December 2011
By m3jimphoto
December 15, 2011

The “Proof” is in the Shooting

We couldn’t help but notice the other day that Magnum, the renowned photo agency founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell Capa and other photojournalists in Paris after the end of WWII, has released a coffee table book featuring a collection of proof sheets from its famous archives. I know Jim was a big fan of much of the work that Magnum photographers created, and he counted many of them as great inspirations, even friends. Yet I can’t help but wonder what Jim’s reaction might have been when he saw this book of famous proof sheets coming out more than seven years after “Proof,” Jim’s own pioneering book of marked up proofs and hero shots.

2 December 2011
By m3jimphoto
December 2, 2011

Shel Silverstein: A Cockeyed Visionary

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.  Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.  Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me ... Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be.” ― Shel Silverstein

17 November 2011
By m3jimphoto
November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving 1969 with the Cash Family

Anybody who ever met Jim in his later years knows that he had a real love-hate relationship with this time of year.  Any holiday or birthday, especially Thanksgiving or Christmas, just seemed to depress him, and that depression would then send him into one of his manic spirals, full of misanthropy and chaos. Sadly, he started to use the holidays as an excuse to “get weird” and tune into the darker side of his nature, but that wasn’t always the case. Nowhere is the lighter, hope-filled side of Jim more evident than in his work documenting the Cash family, who embraced him, allowed him into their lives and their Hendersonville, Tenn. home just like he was one of the family.

3 November 2011
By m3jimphoto
November 3, 2011

More Rare Live + Still Dead

In our last Grateful Dead blog we focused on work from Jim’s early Dead output in the ’60s.  This week we thought it would be interesting to bring you some rare live and publicity shots from the mid-’70s.  The first batch is from The Dead's October 1975 surprise free concert (with the Jefferson Starship) in Golden Gate Park’s Lindley Meadow. The concert was announced that morning on the radio and travelled like wildfire over the Dead grapevine, but it seemed the crowd was formed as much from people who just happened to be there or heard the music and dropped everything to come over and groove.

21 October 2011
By m3jimphoto
October 21, 2011

Grateful Dead: The Long Strange Trip Begins

You can’t talk about Jim’s massive and influential coverage of seminal San Francisco bands without focusing on his work with the Grateful Dead.

And you don’t have to be a Deadhead, Fellow Traveler, Merry Pranskter, aging hippie, boomer or any other member of the gigantic global tribe that avidly follows the band -- and its myriad offshoots today -- to appreciate the magnitude of The Dead’s importance, then and now.