Face-melting concert photo

Jerry Garcia   

R.I.P. Jim Marshall: Concert Photographer of the Gods

I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of legendary concert photographer Jim Marshall this week, who was found dead in a New York hotel room on March 24th at age 74.

Marshall's typically black & white documentary-style photos are some of the most iconic images in rock and roll; his exceptional eye managed to catch some of music's biggest names in the most intimate situations.

Whenever anyone asks me how I got the photographs I did, why I was often the only photographer present or got such unique access I reply simply, ‘Trust.’
— Jim Marshall

Much has already been written about Marshall's death (see here, here, here, and here), so I'll just leave you with a gallery of some of my favorite Jim Marshall photos. They say a picture's worth a thousand words, but I think some of these are worth well more than that.

Rest in peace Jim. Your legacy in photos will live forever.


Cash Flipping The Bird || 1969


Garcia Backstage at Woodstock || 1969

I said to him, Johnny, let's do a shot for the warden. I guess flipping the bird was his natural response.
— Jim Marshall


Jim Morrison Smoking || 1968


Hendrix at the Drums || 1967


Dylan Press Conference || 1965

Backstage Jams Vol. 2: Jerry Garcia’s Crazy Fingers

Jerry Garcia

Crazy Fingers

Dressing Room


Welcome back for Vol. 2 of “Backstage Jams.”

In case you missed it, Vol. 1 featured Pete Townshend backstage doing a two song mini-set. Today we've got another guitar legend, Jerry Garcia.

It's an intimate video that offers a rare look at Jerry's unique fingerstyle on Crazy Fingers as he warms up in the dressing room before a show.

A beacon of life to those who would just stop by and dance to his music

My only complaint about this one is that like Jerry's life, it's just a little too short and leaves you wanting a whole lot more.

Of course, if you do want more you can always find plenty of Jerry Garcia concert DVDs with the Jamtopia Concert DVD Finder.

Many thanks to lsailor for posting this on YouTube.

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Hey Are You Going to Burning Man?

Break out your wallet and head over to Amazon because you know you want to buy Electric Apricot: The Quest for Festeroo on DVD!

The mockumentary, from National Lampoon and first-time director Les Claypool follows Electric Apricot as they rise from obscurity to eventually play the mother of all festivals, Festeroo.

Making a film... it's a non-stop kick to the testicles.
— Les Claypool

In the spirit of Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind, Electric Apricot offers an “endearing and twisted look” at the jamband scene.

The Electric Apricot DVD doesn't come out until May 13, but if you're looking for an immediate fix, buy the Electric Apricot soundtrack. It's on sale now and includes “Hey Are You Going to Burning Man” plus 4 more original Electric Apricot songs and music by Bob Weir, Gov't Mule, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Stiff Dead Cat, Henry Thomas, and Larry LaLonde.

Unlikely Duo: Jerry Garcia and Sammy Hagar

Jerry Garcia, Sammy Hagar, Jeffery Burton, Annie Sampson, Sean Hooper, Pete Sears, Scott Matthews

Going Down

April 1989

Sweetwater Saloon

Mill Valley, CA, USA

Here's a real gem of a jam session, featuring the unlikely pairing of Jerry Garcia with Sammy Hagar doing blues mainstay Going Down at Sweetwater Saloon during a Village Music Record Store party.

Jerry Garcia warms it up with the song's opening bars for a few repetitions. Just as things started, Elvis Costello grabs his drink and bolts off stage. Jerry apparently didn't bring a guitar as he's playing Elvis's custom Fender Jazzmaster. It's no problem though, as one reviewer notes, “Jerry makes it sing!”

Hagar, on lead vocals, is skinnier and of course younger looking than the Hagar of today but cheeses it up just the same.

Jeffery Burton, son of James Burton, is on guitar. He has some spectacular hockey hair and equally spectacular licks about two-thirds into the jam. Annie Sampson provides powerful backup vocals. Sean Hooper of Huey Lewis and the News is on keys. Pete Sears lays it down nicely on bass and Scott Matthews rounds out the rhythm section on drums.

Sadly, Village Music Record Store closed in September 2007. Sweetwater Saloon closed briefly but will re-open in a new location.

And don't miss this great video of Freddy King doing a ripping live version of Going Down as written by Don Nix. The song is also available on The Best of the Shelter Years, a compilation album of King's earlier work.

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