Last night, Rosemary and I attended two events in SoHo which celebrated the life and work of the late photographer Jim Marshall. Morrison Hotel Gallery and Apple’s SoHo Store partnered to present with the Jim Marshall Estate and Chronicle Books a multimedia narrative that shared the unique friendship of Jim Marshall and Johnny Cash.
The photography book Pocket Cash contains a rich set of warm photographs representing the 30+ year bond of friendship and trust between these two seminal figures. The tribute to two old friends took on a special meaning when it was learned that last night’s event was the one year anniversary of Jim Marshall’s death in New York City. (Jim died the night before the Match Print Morrison Hotel Gallery event on March 24, 2010.) My wife and I had planned to attend the Jim Marshall Match Print event in 2010. It helped in the healing process that we were able to be there last night.
The Apple SoHo Store event was led by Michelle Dunn Marsh, editor at Chronicle Books who worked closely with Jim Marshall in putting together the book Pocket Cash. Michelle shared her remembrances of Jim Marshall with loving admiration. She said that Jim Marshall hated two things, “inaction and onions.” She also described Johnny Cash as a rock and roll artist, because “Rock and Roll is about attitude.” She also depicted him as a blues and country artist.
Michelle’s slide show exhibited pictures from Pocket Cash. The photographs revealed a unique glimpse into the lives of Johnny and June Carter Cash with such backdrops as Folsom Prison, San Quentin, The Johnny Cash Show, their home and recording studio,
My wife and I were very taken with this photograph of John and June Carter Cash. It spoke to us warmly 🙂
We also liked the photographs of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash on The Johnny Cash Show. I’ve been playing Nashville Skyline a lot today as I reminisced about Dylan’s country period with Cash in Nashville.
After the Apple SoHo event we went across the street to the Morrison Hotel Gallery Loft for the exclusive showing of Jim Marshall’s photography exhibit, Pocket Cash. We soaked in the ambiance of the exhibit and partook of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Burbon. Peter Blachley of the Morrison Hotel Gallery told us that the only burbon Jim Marshall would drink is Woodford Reserve. Now I know why as that was the best whiskey sour I ever tasted 😉 We then purchased the paperback edition of Pocket Cash and headed back to Connecticut. We were thankful we attended this event and honored Jim Marshall’s memory.
Thank you Morrison Hotel Gallery, Chronicle Books, Apple SoHo Store and the Estate of Jim Marshall for a lovely evening filled with fond remembrances.