Jim Marshall, 74, celebrated in music circles for his iconic, attitude-laced images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones and other '60s rock luminaries as well as equally revered portraits of Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and myriad folk, country, jazz and blues artists, died Wednesday in New York City.
Marshall's most famous images, which wound up on more than 500 album and CD covers, in magazines and newspapers and on posters, include his shot of Hendrix setting fire to his electric guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival, Dylan rolling a tire down the littered streets of Greenwich Village on an early-morning walk and Cash flipping his middle finger directly into the camera lens at San Quentin State Prison. Marshall was always quick to explain that Cash was simply mugging for the camera.
Marshall lived most of his life in San Francisco where, through a chance encounter in 1959, he snapped his first photograph of an important musician: jazz saxophonist Coltrane, who had stopped him to ask for directions to Berkeley.
That started Marshall on a career spent with pop musicians as well as other A-list entertainers, who often dropped their guard in his presence for the intimate portraits he favored.
Girija Prasad Koirala, 86, a former prime minister of Nepal, died March 20 in Katmandu. He was a pivotal figure in establishing Nepal's fragile democracy and also helped broker an end to the country's Maoist rebellion.