Here are the clips from my 11/4/78 interview with the great photographer Jim Marshall, broadcast on KPFA 3/31/10.
[...] Interview with Jim Marshall by David Gans. San Francisco 11/4/78 In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – The Allman Brothers Band Live at the Fillmore East The legendary photographer Jim Marshall died last week at the age of 74. MP3s of the 13 segments are posted here) [...]
Very interesting and refreshing interview, David. Although I’ve heard these things about Marshall forever, some of the twists and turns of logic and justifications he attempts cracked me up. He’s one of those characters (like I’ve known a few of), who are endearing, bewildering, and frustrating all at the same time. The loyalty of his heart and tenacity of his grudges are equally breathtaking in their depth. Thanks so much for making these important artifacts from the past available to everyone!!
David, thanks very much for this interview! I was always invited for dinner at Jim Marshall’s house with Becky and I shared a studio with him above his apartment. He helped me as young photographer in 1975, to learn the business of photography and to respect the artist and my work. Some people were afraid of him, but being a southern boy familiar with guns, and crazy people, he was my friend. I showed him the first copy of BAM magazine that used his photos without his permission. He didn’t get mad just called them up, got paid for his work and became a contributing photographer.Dennis, Blair and Miles had the most respect for him and where amazed that he wanted to contribute to BAM.He was always willing to help anyone. He had his faults, but so do all of us.
He was a formidable character. He seemed to like me, and I enjoyed my encounters with him. He was hard to work with at times, and Peter Simon and I regretfully withdrew from out attempts to deal with him on our book “Playing in the Band.” But as with so many of the larger-than-life characters we’ve known, we knew not to take it personally.
David, Wonderful interview. Anyone that knew Jim will appreciate these. He came to my studio to shoot Joel Selvin’s book cover late Dec before he died. He was truly a one of a kind. His work is amazing. He was from a time when access to artists was readily available. I was shooting at Shoreline a few months ago and there was a lunkhead in the pit with credentials, shooting with a cel phone. Times have surely changed. Thanks , again.
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