Jim Marshall had an all-access pass with some of the 20th century’s greatest musicians.
He was the photographer when Johnny Cash flicked off the camera at San Quentin State Prison. He was backstage with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. He toured with the Rolling Stones and photographed the Beatles’ final paid concert.
“He was one of the pioneers of music photography,” said Amelia Davis, Marshall’s longtime assistant. “People have called him pretty much the godfather of rock ‘n’ roll photography.”
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in August, the Woodstock music festival is often, with the benefit of hindsight, hailed as an example of what can go right when hundreds of thousands of young, stoned music fans assemble—in stark contrast to the Altamont Speedway Free Festival just a few months later, where four people died. Here, we round up new, forthcoming, and older releases and reissues, which give adults and young readers a window onto the three-day event in Bethel, N.Y., and the larger culture that gave rise to it.
The Wells Fargo Bank branch in The Haight celebrates its world-famous neighborhood as the center of the '60s counterculture movement. After a private unveiling on June 7, the bank officially debuts to the public a new interior, transformed into an art gallery featuring Jim Marshall's iconic '60s photography from the acclaimed book 'The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution.' Also included in the exhibit is a selection of concert posters and other historic photos from that era.
On exhibit at the Leica Gallery LA, Jim Marshall's stunning black-and-white photographic studies of the peace sign, a symbol embraced by the counterculture movement, which remains relevant as the universal message of free speech, opposition to war, nuclear disarmament, and hope. These limited-edition prints are from the critically acclaimed book, Peace (Reel Art Press), which features a foreword by artist Shepard Fairey, text by music writer Peter Doggett, and an afterword by singer, peace-activist, and longtime friend of Jim Marshall, Joan Baez.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries presents Jim Marshall's 1967, part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The exhibition features a trove of photographs taken by Marshall that capture the vitality of the neighborhood and the multiple scenes and movements that called the Haight and San Francisco their home. The exhibit features a selection of 80 images from the thousands Marshall took in one fast-paced calendar year.