Book Review: Jim Marshall - The Rolling Stones 1972

August 27, 2014

Art is tricky. As a rule, it is most often best if created by the actual artist. Although in cases such as this, the first book of Jim Marshall’s photographs since his passing, the task of assembling, editing, organizing, and captioning the content from 50 some-odd rolls of film—exposed while Jim was on tour with the Rolling Stones during 1972—fell into the competent hands of Chronicle Books editor Michelle Dunn Marsh, who deftly guides us through a revisitation of those six days when Marshall was given unlimited access to the band while on assignment for Life magazine.

One must remember to be wary regarding posthumous releases. The nuances separating the original artist’s eye from those of the archivist are often impossible to determine, but having pored over these same files alongside Jim myself, I get the feeling that the images in the pages of The Rolling Stones 1972 are the exact frames Marshall himself would have chosen.

In the year these great images were made, Jim Marshall was an artist at the top of his game, with intimate access to a superstar band at the top of its game—a powerful combination which made possible this amazing collection of images, many of which have never been seen before. A must have for any Stones afficionado.

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