Jim Marshall, who is celebrating his 40th year in the amp business, received a multitude of honors and congratulations during an anniversary party at this year’s Winter NAMM show. Pictured, Marshall receives the first Lifetime Achievement Award from SAE Institute for his impact on the music industry and the history of modern music.
Marshall told Reuters at this year’s Musik-messe convention, “I’m reckoned to be the only living legend that started the business and is still running it. But I’m just me. I always remember my roots. I came from a very poor family. I never had any education at all.”
As British rock ‘n’ roll boomed, Marshall started making amplifiers in 1962, an essential prop for many guitarists who performed in front of a “wall of speakers.”
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