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‘Father of Loud’ Amp Inventor Jim Marshall Dies, Aged 88
By EWAN PALMER
April 5, 2012
Jim Marshall’s name became one of most recognisable for rock guitarists and their legions of fans (Reuters)
The founder of Marshall Amplification, Jim Marshall OBE, has died at the age of 88.
A tribute to the man known as the Father of Loud was posted on his official website, praising the man whose name became iconic for electric guitarists.
Marshall amplifiers have been used by some of the biggest and most famous names in rock music since the 1960s.
Marshall, of Acton, West London, received the Award for Export from the Queen in 1984 in recognition of his company’s achievements over a three-year period.
A statement on his official website read: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.
“Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born.
“The ground-breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.
“In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game-changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.
“While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!
“Rest in peace and thank you, Jim.”
- ‘Father of loud’ Jim Marshall dies (itv.com)
- ‘The Father Of Loud’, Guitar Amp Pioneer JIM MARSHALL Dies At 88 (bravewords.com)
- Jim Marshall, creator of Marshall amplifiers, dies aged 88 (walesonline.co.uk)
- Marshall Amps founder Jim Marshall passes away (twitchy.com)
- Jim Marshall, Amp Pioneer Known As ‘The Father Of Loud,’ Has Died (npr.org)
- Jim Marshall – A Life Lived Loud… (fluffrick.wordpress.com)
- Amplify your kitchen cool with the Marshall Fridge (gizmag.com)
- Amp man Jim Marshall dies aged 88 (furfm.wordpress.com)
- R.I.P. Jim Marshall (rockposer.wordpress.com)
US watchdog bans photoshopping in cosmetics ads
By Sebastian Anthony on December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am
In an interesting move that should finally bring the United States’ fast-and-loose advertising rules and regulations into line with the UK and EU, the National Advertising Division (NAD) — the advertising industry’s self-regulating watchdog — has moved to ban the misleading use of photoshopping and enhanced post-production in cosmetics adverts.
The ban stems from a Procter & Gamble (P&G) CoverGirl ad that photoshopped a model’s eyelashes to exaggerate the effects of NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara. There was a footnote in the ad’s spiel about the photo being manipulated, but according to the director of the NAD, that simply isn’t enough: “You can’t use a photograph to demonstrate how a cosmetic will look after it is applied to a woman’s face and then — in the mice type — have a disclosure that says ‘okay, not really.’” The NAD ruled that the ad was unacceptable, and P&G has since discontinued it.
So far, so sensible — but some further words from the NAD ruling pose some tricky questions about the continued use of any post production in advertising. Citing a similar situation in the UK, where ads featuring very enhanced versions of Julia Roberts (pictured above) and Christy Turlington were banned, the NAD questions whether photoshopping is necessary when “professional styling, make-up, photography and the product’s inherent covering and smoothing nature” are already at use. In other words, it sounds like Photoshop is the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Where does this leave other forms of advertising? The human face (and the multi-billion-dollar cosmetics industry) is obviously a touchy subject, but looking at the bigger picture, almost all television, film, and print advertising uses a combination of “professional styling” and post production to make something look better than it actually is. Will Burger King have to replace those impossibly juicy burgers that hang above the counter with something altogether less plastic and more real? What about those video game ads that don’t feature actual gameplay — and have tiny-font warnings to that effect — will they be banned too? Extrapolating outwards, what about photographers who photoshop their work? Or people who photoshop themselves before placing an image on a dating website?
The underlying problem, of course, is that humans are incredibly sensitive to visual stimuli — and multiple trillion-dollar industries, including advertising, cosmetics, movies, and TV, all stand to gain by making their products look more appealing. There is a reason that digital manipulation and post production is so prevalent, after all — and indeed, it could even be argued that non-manipulated images now look ugly to our eyes. Can you imagine if, over night, all of your favorite Hollywood stars suddenly turned ugly — turned real? Perhaps, then, a ban on photoshopping in the cosmetics industry is a good starting point to slowly and safely bring us back to reality.
- U.S. Moves Toward Banning Photoshop In Cosmetics Ads (PG) (businessinsider.com)
- British Parliament Proposes a Ban on Photoshop (bellasugar.com)
- Public Scale for Photoshop (fashionmakesitpossible.wordpress.com)
- Overdone or Overdramatic | Banned for Too Much Photoshop? (hudabeauty.com)
- The UK Won’t Allow “Excessive” Airbrushing in Makeup Ads (bellasugar.com)
- Photoshopped or Not? A Tool to Tell (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- The Surreal Photo-Manipulated Worlds Of Sarolta Ban II (morfis.wordpress.com)
- Researchers quantify just how badly your favorite celebrity is Photoshopped [Computer Science] (io9.com)
- Best Of 2011: Ultimate Collection Of High Quality Photoshop Tutorials (smashingapps.com)
- Love for Photoshop Touch (blogs.adobe.com)
Donald Trump – Kingmaker?
Posted on December 6, 2011
It seems Donald Trump, a favorite whipping boy of mine, has once again finagled his way into the limelight, and is scheduled to moderate a Republican Presidential debate on December 27th. This has prompted some of the saner candidates – Romney, Paul and Huntsman – to quickly bow out of what is sure to become a three-ring circus.
Jon Huntsman, who should be a viable candidate but is too moderate for the hard-core conservatives, said it was a “joke” that The Donald was even involved. This caused Trump, who has never shied away from a public feud, to fire back.
“Every candidate, virtually, has come to my office and they don’t want my money . . . they want my endorsement.” Notice how he qualified that statement with the word virtually? The only person I have seen seeking out The Donald was Newt Gingrich, the snivelling snake who will do anything, and say anything, to be President. But I think Trump was intimating that Huntsman called in search of The Donalds approval. Trouble is, Huntsman sees things differently.
“I called his office one time when he dropped out of the race – as I did with Tim Pawlenty – just as a gesture of kindness,” said Huntsman. Considering he feels Trump is a “joke” I doubt he was looking for his seal of approval. But The Donald doesn’t always see things as they are.
“I mean, he has just such low polling numbers that he was cancelled out of Saturday nights debate,” Trump said of Huntsman, looking to take this feud public. Anything for publicity.
This morning on Fox News, Trump was confronted with a poll that said over 60% of voters consider his endorsement more hurtful that helpful, but that didn’t faze Trump. “I don’t believe those numbers,” he said. Facts are irrelevant to The Donald, who’s ego is almost as big as his hair, which can be seen from outer space.
“After the debate I’m going to endorse somebody,” he told Fox’s Sean Hannity – which amounted to a meeting of the mind – but he added he still might run himself. He just loves stringing the press along. Why do they give him the time of day? He has no intention of running, and he never has.
I agree with Huntsman; Donald Trump is a joke. His very presence at a Republican Presidential debate shows how far the Party has sunk. Trump might bring in better than average ratings – which is all he wants to do – but he will not bring anything else to the table. He is more likely to start trouble with his antagonistic ways (see O’Donnell, Rosie.) If he doesn’t like an answer, he will start making weird faces, as he is prone to do, and correct the poor candidate who dared to say something The Donald didn’t like. He is a buffoon, pure and simple. Put some rouge on his cheeks – more than he already uses – add a big red nose, and you have a circus clown. You won’t even need to throw on a wig. That orange helmet he has on his head is funny enough.
I previously thought Bachman, Perry, Santorum, Cain, Gingrich and Romney were bad enough, but throwing The Donald into the mix is downright comical. Yet people will watch this debate, just as they will watch a car crash. They simply can’t help it.
- Romney Dumps Trump Debate — But Still Runs Risk Of Receiving Trump’s Endorsement (huffingtonpost.com)
- Rick Horowitz: Trump Says “Jump!” (They Say “How High?”) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Feud Between Huntsman, Trump Heats Up (myfoxphoenix.com)
- GOP Candidate: Being ‘Afraid’ Of Trump Is ‘Weak’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Mitt Romney Needs To Turn Down The Trump Debate (huffingtonpost.com)
- Big Pimpin’ – Donald Trump Pimps Newt Gingrich, Santorum for Newsmax GOP Debate (thedigitalliberalalliance.wordpress.com)
- Trump slams Jon Huntsman, Karl Rove, krauthammer, Ron Paul… (smacktalkradio.wordpress.com)
- Feud Between Huntsman, Trump Heats Up (myfoxny.com)
- Trump vs. Huntsman: Feud Enters Next Round (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Donald Trump Insults Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, for Backing Out of Iowa Debate (inquisitr.com)
- NATO: “Highly likely” it killed Pakistanis – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- NASA launches largest-ever Mars rover – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com)
- US, Pakistan tension rising – Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)
- Egyptian TV, via AP – USA Today (usatoday.com)
- NBA Reaches Tentative Deal To Save Season – New York Times (nytimes.com)