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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over the years, we have seen some amazing, groundbreaking musical performances. Some will go down in history. Others will hold a special place in our hearts.

Throughout quite a few of those performances, rock ‘n roll photographer Jim Marshall was there, taking pictures of some of the most famous faces in music entertainment. With his recent death at 74 years old, we remember his life and his images.

Marshall, who died in his sleep on Tuesday night, focused on the unique personalities of the human beings in his photos. His black and white images cut to the core of some of the well-known musicians from the 60s and 70s. Some of the photos were taken during musical performances, while others focused on musicians offstage.

According to the New York Times, his most famous pictures were of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire. He captured a raw energy coming from Jimi as he doused the instrument in gasoline. Others include the famous image of Johnny Cash giving the middle finger and Janis Joplin backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort.

View a slide show of his photographs here.

Because of his reputation he was able to get access to many of the most prestigious shows. In some cases, he was the only photographer allowed in certain venues.

That being said, we thank him for his historical journey into the lives of famous musicians. We now have great rock ‘n roll images that we will never forget.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Many musicians from the 60s have had recent reissues, like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. It seems to be the thing to do now that record companies are suffering from a decline in sales of new music. However, the latest reissue comes from an artist that we will most likely be seeing much more from.

Jimi Hendrix, who only released a few cds during the time he was alive, is due for a reissue called Valleys of Neptune, which will release on March 9. The cd contains several unheard songs, like the title track, new recordings of some of his old favorites, and also covers of other band’s songs, like Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’

Apparently, Hendrix was hard at work and never had the chance to release all his music because of his death. Hendrix’s stepsister, in an article in Rolling Stone magazine, said, “In the past decade, we’ve discovered so much unheard audio and video that we’ll be able to put out two discs a year for at least the next decade.”

There has also been some said-to-be incredible footage of Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in Miami (1968). Most likely, we will see that come to DVD sometime soon.

If this cd is a must have for you, you can preorder it on amazon.com. There is a full song listing from the cd on the site as well.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

He’s a crooner and a swooner…a folk lullaby spooner.

That’s right, James Taylor is back in action. Not without the help of Carole King, of course. The two have just recently announced that they will begin a United States tour, starting in Portland, Oregon on May 7. The tour will kick off in Australia earlier this year, then head to the U.S.

King and Taylor started out playing their music together, as she was in his band when he started touring. She was also a first class song writer, lending her writing abilities to many songs. Eventually, King played a few songs on Taylor’s albums until he encouraged her to set out on her own and explore her own musical aspirations.

The tour will reunite other former members of the band as well, including guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel, and bassist Lee Sklar.

In an article by the Associated Press, Taylor said he wanted King and himself to remain on stage throughout all the performances on the new tour. “I think we’ll do two sets, both of us will be on stage the whole time, either singing backup for each or playing behind the other. We’ll sort of skip back and forth, do a song of hers, a song of mine, but we’ll stay on the stage,” he said.

Ticket presales for many of the dates on the tour will begin this Saturday, the 16th, at 10:00 a.m. You can find tickets by visiting ticketmaster.

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