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Marsha Zazula (2021), Megaforce Records co-founder

by Kirk Fox

Marsha Zazula and her husband Jon stared the influential metal label Megaforce Records, releasing albums from Metallica, Anthrax, and Testament.

  • Died: Sunday, January 10, 2021. (Who else died on January 10?)
  • Details of death: Died at the age of 68 from cancer at her home in Clermont, Florida.
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Influential metal label

Jon and Marsha Zazula began in the music business selling imported records at a flea market in New Jersey. They began to put on shows with metal bands and hearing their demo tape, invited a band called Metallica to come out and play one of their concerts. In 1982, they started Megaforce records and released Metallica’s first two albums including their 1983 debut “Kill Em All.” The label’s roster also included Anthrax, Overkill, and Testament. The Zazulas sold their interest in Megaforce in 2001.

Marsha Zazula on starting Megaforce

“We took ourselves out of a comfortable place, rolled the dice — had nothing to lose but nothing to gain necessarily — and put our hearts and souls into doing it.” – 2020 interview with Metal Voice

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Tributes to Marsha Zazula

Full Obituary: New York Times

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