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Jim Marshall, rock music photographer Feb. 3, 1936 -- March 24, 2010

Music photographer Jim Marshall, who spent more than a half-century capturing rock 'n' roll legends including the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin at work and in repose, has died. He was 74.

Mr. Marshall's death in his New York City hotel room was confirmed Wednesday by Aaron Zych, a manager at the Morrison Hotel Galleries, which was the site of one of the photographer's last exhibits. Mr. Marshall had been scheduled to appear at a reception Wednesday night to promote his new book with celebrity photographer Timothy White.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

According to his professional Web site, Mr. Marshall had more than 500 record-album covers to his credit. The San Francisco resident was best-known for his iconic images from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, where he photographed Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar ablaze, and 1969's Woodstock music festival, where as an official photographer he captured The Who tearing up the stage at sunrise.

Mr. Marshall also was the only photographer granted backstage access at what turned out to be the final Beatles concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966. Good timing and his rapport with musicians also helped him catch Johnny Cash memorably "flipping the bird" at a 1969 performance at San Quentin Prison.

Other famous subjects included the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones.

Mr. Marshall's work has appeared in numerous books, including four featuring only his own photographs. "Match Point," his most recent, a collaboration with White, was published this month.

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