Jim Marshall, the man who created the Marshall amp, died yesterday at 88. Everyone who likes music knows that the Marshall Stack influenced generations of rock and punk musicians from the Who to the Ramones and beyond. What nobody realizes is that Marshall did this by being disruptive.
According to The Guardian,
"Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who used his earnings to set up a music shop in west London in 1960. Among his customers were the likes of Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend, and it was through talking to them that Marshall realised there was a gap in the market for a guitar amplifier cheaper than the American-made models popular at the time. When, at Townshend's request, a Marshall 1959 amplifier head was teamed with a cabinet, the "Marshall stack" was born, becoming the defining feature in rock bands' backlines for generations to come."