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Friday, April 14, 2006

Legendary lensman of rock

Jim Marshall's credentials as "THE rock 'n' roll photographer" are secured.

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Bob Dylan (left) in 1963 and Keith Richards in 1972 during a recording session for The Rolling Stones album "Exile on Marin Street"
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He was one of the main lensmen at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969; he was the only photographer granted full backstage access at The Beatles' last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco (not counting their impromptu rooftop performance on the Apple building in 1969); he has more than 500 album covers to his credit; and it was reportedly Marshall whom Dennis Hopper based his character on in his role as a manic photo-journalist in Francis Ford Coppola's film "Apocalypse Now."

An exhibition titled "Jim Marshall" runs through April 28 at Gallery add 2+ in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.

Marshall has three published volumes of photography to his credit. His 1997 book "Not Fade Away" collected some of his best black-and-white prints of artists including The Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Doors.

Marshall also had his camera to hand when Bob Dylan was an aspiring folk singer on the Greenwich Village circuit.

But he didn't only capture rock 'n' rollers. "As Time Goes By," a companion piece to "Not Fade Away," is a photo collection of jazz and blues greats such as Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk captured in an historic shot with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

As well as images of The Who, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Cream and much more, the exhibition also features a poster collection from The Fillmore Auditorium, the counter-culture venue that in the 1960s hosted gigs by the likes of Jefferson Airplane and The Fugs.

"Jim Marshall" runs through April 28 (1 p.m.-7 p.m., closed Sundays and Mondays) at Gallery add 2+, B1F Sabanna, Shoto 2-7-4, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Admission is free.

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