Gui­tar amp de­signer shaped sound of rock

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LONDON — Jim Mar­shall, who helped shape the sound of rock with his ground­break­ing am­pli­fier designs, has died. He was 88.

His son Terry Mar­shall said he died in a hospice in Eng­land on Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter suf­fer­ing from can­cer and sev­eral se­vere strokes.

Jim Mar­shall was known through­out the mu­sic world for found­ing Mar­shall Am­pli­fi­ca­tion, which pro­duced the am­pli­fiers that rocked mu­sic halls and are­nas af­ter their in­tro­duc­tion in 1960.

Pho­to­graphs from the era show many of rock’s most il­lus­tri­ous gui­tarists per­form­ing in front of stacks of Mar­shall am­pli­fiers.

Jimi Hen­drix, Pete Town­shend, Jimmy Page and oth­ers were drawn to the rough, loud sound pro­duced by the English-made amps.

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