In 1960, Jim Marshall and his son, Terry, opened a small music shop in Hanwell, West London and in 1962 began building guitar amplifiers. The unique MARSHALL SOUND was created with the iconic JMT45. Word spread quickly and fledgling talent like Eric Clapton and Ronnie Wood beat a path to the shop.
But In 1965, a young Pete Townsend asked Jim and Terry to design an amp that would blast through the noise of their wild audiences. With monster valves imported from the US, they built the revolutionary SUPER LEAD amplifier – The 100 watt sound barrier was broken and history was made. The classic Marshall STACK became an icon and 50 years on, the Marshall is still an essential part of the live sound of the world’s top rock and metal acts.
This is the story of how this formidable box of valves and wires changed the sound of music forever. This is the story of LOUD.
Broadcast on BBC4 Channel.