Photo of Jimi Hendrix from Marshall Amplifiers website
British rock music owes much to Jim Marshall and his amplifier shop in Hanwell. Dubbed ‘the father of loud’ he came up with an amplifier that combined volume and distortion. Marshall amplifiers were used by all manner of 60s rock guitarists from Pete Townsend, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page to Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton and many, many more. Make a date to watch Jim Marshall’s story ‘Play it Loud – The Story of The Marshall Amp’on BBC4 this Friday at 10pm. Have a look at Marshall’s website for more about their history.
The hugely successful Hanwell Hootie is now an annual celebration of Hanwell’s proud contribution to British rock music and it’s sponsored by Marshall Amplifiers.