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Jim Marshall passes away: 'Lord of Loud' remembered by Nikki Sixx, Slash

RIP Jim Marshall
RIP Jim Marshall
Wikipedia Commons, courtesy Penmachine

Jim Marshall has passed away at the age of 88. This guitar amplifier pioneer afforded all kinds of rockers to get their sound out, thus earning him the moniker Lord of Loud.

Lauded as one of the most influential inventors of rock music equipment along with such luminaries as Leo Fender and Les Paul, this British mastermind was honored by the company he founded.

On the Marshall Amps site, a photograph of Jim Marshall (entitled Dr. Jim Marshall OBE) shown against a black background was shared, along with a tribute to this exceptional man.

The memoir said, "While mourning the Guv'nor...we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life."

The tribute continued, "Jim's ascent into the history books as 'the Father of Loud' and the man responsible for 'The Sound of Rock' is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born."

In addition to his immediate colleagues, celebrity guitarists also remembered Marshall on the day of his passing.

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Sixx said on Twitter, "R.I.P. Jim Marshall. You were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music's history and 50% of all our hearing loss…"

Meanwhile, Slash from Guns N' Roses also went to the social media site to honor Jim, saying, "The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same without him. But, his amps will live on forever!"

And so, as Jim Marshall died on April 5, 2012, the 88-year-old guitar amp inventor is remembered and will always be remembered because rock and roll is here to stay.

RIP, Jim Marshall, RIP.


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