To Jim Marshall, a true motherfucker

As the rock and roll world has been, ironically, rocked by the tragic passing of one of our great, and oft forgot fathers. Jim Marshall, the man behind Marshall amps which are usually behind whatever flawless power trio is playing anywhere at any given moment. I already explored in my love letter to the electric guitar that amplification was key to rock and roll, and Marshall was at the head of that wave. When the Beatles first came to America, they had tiny amplifiers by today’s standards. With the rise of rock and roll and the increasing rumble of proto-metal, there were ever-increasing demands for bigger, higher-wattage amps which could just shut out an entire crowd. Bands like Blue Cheer could only exist because Marshall was able to produce hilariously overpowered amps, and deep bass amps, that were affordable to garage bands. By keeping up with London musicians of the day (including the Who), Marshall was able to keep supplying hardware that the heads wanted, including building under request ‘stackable’ amps to build the now commonplace stacks of amplifiers, where in sound terms, the sky is quite literally the limit. Like all the great motherfuckers who helped supply the great motherfuckers of the revolution, his contribution will not be forgotten.

In his memory, crank the volume on something really dirty and sit back and appreciate. Thanks for the help Jim, now take it up with the gods. Send word.

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