Famed Rock Photographer Jim Marshall Dies at 74

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Jim Marshall, the man behind some of Rock and Roll's most iconic images, died in his sleep Tuesday night.  Born in 1936, 74 year old Marshall was in New York promoting his new book "Match Prints."

Some of the images that truly defined the 1960s rock movement were taken by Marshall.  That shot of Bob Dylan following a tire down the street, the photo of Johnny Cash flipping the bird in San Quintin prison and the iconic image of Janis Joplin backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort were all his.

When the Beatles had their farewell concert back in 1966, Jim Marshall was the only photographer allowed backstage. "When we arrived at the stadium, the band was in an armored car, and I was in another car following," he recalls.  "The old fart groundskeeper at the center field gate wouldn't let us in!"

Jim Marshall has photographed the likes of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and newer musicians like The Cult and The Smashing Pumpkins. 

No immediate family members survive Marshall, but his legacy will live on through his art.