Slash, Whitesnake’s Adrian Vandenberg and James Lynch of the Dropkick Murphys are just a few of the guitarists who pay tribute to Marshall Amplification’s legendary founder, Jim Marshall, in the new documentary Father of Loud. You can see the trailer for the film below.
The documentary explores the life of Marshall, who created his first amp head in 1962 while running a drum shop in London.
“All the drummers used to bring their groups in with them, which is how I got to meet guitarists like Pete [Townshend] and Ritchie [Blackmore],” Marshall recalled. “They kept pestering me to stock guitars and amps, so I decided to give it a go.”
Marshall soon learned that the guitarists were unhappy with the sound they were getting from existing amps, and he set about making an amp that would satisfy their tonal desires.
After five attempts at building an amp head, Marshall succeeded in September 1962. Prototype six became the first Marshall and was placed in the shop window. It was named the JTM45, JTM being an acronym for Jim and Terry Marshall, Terry being Jim’s son. This game changing, all-valve head produced 30 watts of clean power and became an instant hit due to its aggressive but musical tone. Marshall took 23 order for the amp on its first day.
Marshall died in 2012, but the Father of Loud helps keep his memory alive. In addition to Slash, Vandenberg and Lynch, the film features Zakk Wylde, Lemmy Kilmister, Kerry King, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamossa, Joe Satriani, Lzzy Hale and many others, who explain Marshall’s importance in their music.
For more information, visit the Father of Loud website.