The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution

Jim Marshall (photos). Insight Editions. 2014. 304p. photos. ISBN 9781608873630. $50. PHOTOG
The late Robin Williams famously said that if you remember the Sixties, you weren't really there. It's a good thing, then, that Marshall had his camera with him. The famed rock photographer, who died in 2010, was the premier chronicler of the 1960s and 1970s music scene, particularly in San Francisco. His work in the Haight-Ashbury district at that heady time is presented here in a fantastic oversize collection. Pictures of icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison are immediately recognizable, but photos of some of the forgotten places and faces of the period are superb as well. The images are almost all black and white and are reproduced beautifully. Several fold-out pages are dedicated to certain major artists Marshall captured, including Hendrix and Joplin as well as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and the Beatles (from their final concert in 1966). Selvin (Here Comes the Night) adds brief but detailed essays throughout the work that complement the photographs very nicely.
VERDICT Baby boomers and rock fans of all ages will be transported back in time in the pages of this book.
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