The numbers go up to 11 – Jim Marshall R.I.P 1924 – 2012

Peter displays his six Marshall stacks and his burnt Fender Strat - a total of 18 Watts of untamed power ...

Last week saw the passing of Jim Marshall, the father of rock and metal amplification.   Without the Marshall amp, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and a host of other musicians would not have got the classic sound that became a trademark of their music.  Marshall’s great contribution to the world of music was twofold:

The Marshall stack produced a warm fuzzy sound, beloved by rock musicians, unlike its peers such as Fender, which were considered more suitable for jazz.

Marshall stacks were quite simply loud, giving Jim Marshall the nickname “The Father of Loud”.  The spoof metal band ‘Spinal Tap’ coined the phrase “The numbers go up to 11”  and more recently “20″ based on the amplifier’s reputation:

As a tribute to the man behind the technology, I’ve put together a short series of videos that give testament to Jim Marshall’s contribution to music over the last 50 years.  No doubt Bernie Tormé will be cranking his Marshall stack up at our “Leadership meets Rock showcase” event in June.

6 responses to “The numbers go up to 11 – Jim Marshall R.I.P 1924 – 2012

  1. Peter thanks for putting this together those videos really bring back some memories. It is surprising how an individual can have a great effect on your life and at the time you don’t know it. I hope Jim’s cranked it up to 11 wherever he is and I feel a viewing of Spinal Tap coming on this weekend.

    Oh and yes you should defo try and get all those bands on one stage what a concert that would be.

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