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Jack White unleashes yet another violent solo

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Jim Marshall launched his amplifier in 1965 and saw it conquer the world

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The rock world has promised to "crank it up to 11" to mark the death of Jim Marshall, the "Father of Loud", whose groundbreaking amplifiers gave the gift of extreme volume to generations of guitar heroes.

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