Jack Daniel’s, Jim Marshall Photography LLC and Austin City Limits Live are celebrating the 7th anniversary of the “Jack + Jim” Gallery, the longest continuing exhibition of works from the archive of legendary photographer Jim Marshall. Not only is 2018 a special year for the “Jack + Jim” Gallery but it is also the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking 1968 Johnny Cash concert at Folsom Prison.
Jim Marshall met Cash in 1963 in New York City while photographing Colombia Records’ recording sessions and developed a close relationship with Johnny and June. Cash asked Marshall to be his photographer for Folsom. Cash, a staunch advocate for prisoner’s rights, wanted this concert (and the 1969 San Quentin Prison concert) to be memorialized not only by the recordings but also in pictures.
Marshall shot candid and performance images: the most infamous photograph in music history Johnny Cash Flippin’ the Bird, Cash’s answer to Marshall’s request “John, let’s do one for the warden” at San Quentin, as well as the rarely seen image of Cash in Greystone Chapel at Folsom Prison. The song Greystone Chapel, written by one of the inmates at Folsom, Glen Sherley, was recorded during the Folsom Prison concert with Sherley in the audience. Jim captured their shaking hands after Cash sang Sherley’s song. Cash did these two concerts to shine a light on the terrible prison conditions and abuses that were rampant at the time. Marshall’s photographs remind us that 50 years later not much has changed.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey came into existence in 1866, less than thirty years after the birth of photography. It was a time of great inventions. From its inception, Jack Daniel’s has represented the best of American craftsmanship and taste, and continues to inspire artists of all forms.
Like Jack Daniel, Jim Marshall stands at the pinnacle of his field. Widely acknowledged as the godfather of music photography, Marshall’s 50-year career resulted in over 500 album covers, numerous magazine features and countless iconic images spanning blues, jazz, country, and the explosion of rock and roll. As a reporter from the San Jose Mercury News put it, “It’s almost as if Jim Marshall was on the shoulder of God when rock & roll was born.”
More information about Jim Marshall and the photographs displayed in this Jack + Jim Gallery exhibition, including vailability for purchase of some photographs in the Limited Edition Series, can be found at www.jimmarshallphotographyllc.com. Limited edition estate images were not printed for sale or exhibition during Jim Marshall’s lifetime, and are being offered to collectors to expand the breadth of his