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Thursday, April 5,2012

Amp Inventor Jim Marshall Dead

Jim Marshall, inventor of one of rock & roll's most important innovations – the Marshall amplifier – has died at age 88

Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who opened his own music shop in London in 1960. When local musicians, including the Who's Pete Townshend, made him aware there was no British alternative to expensive American-made amplifiers, he designed his own. At Townshend's suggestion, Marshall created an amp with a cabinet – the "Marshall stack." Half a century later, the Marshall stack is a defining feature of rock concerts everywhere.

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