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Rockarchive's 'Chunk of Punk' Exhibition At The Barbican

Buzzcocks captured in a public library whilst on a press session in Manchester in May 1977.

We are really excited to announce that we will be launching our latest exhibition 'Chunk of Punk' at the Barbican Music Library from the start of March.

Our very own, Jill Furmanovsky will be opening up her archive to share her collection of both well-known and unseen Punk images in a celebration of 40 years of Punk. A series of seminal shots of The Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, The Undertones, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie, Iggy Pop and more will be featured.

In addition fans will be able to enjoy a feast of punk vinyl curated by Barbican Music Library’s curator Michael Southwell. The collection will include the covers of punk albums and singles that Jill Furmanovsky was involved with, either as photographer or designer.

Homage will be paid to Sniffin’ Glue Magazine and the style of punk in series of wall hangings that will include photography and symbols of punk iconology. Jill is collaborating on these with fashion house, The Earl of Bedlam; artist, Neil Simon; and students from the textile department of Central Saint Martins.

Patti Smith performing onstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in April 1978

The Clash at the Rainbow Theatre, December 1977

Jill says ‘I am delighted to be showcasing ‘A Chunk of Punk’ at the Barbican Music Library. I have been inspired to delve deep into my archives to celebrate the creative energy and inclusiveness of the Punk movement summed up by Mark P’s famous dictum ‘If you can play three chords you can form a band.” It is echoed by my own experience “If you train for two weeks you can be a photographer!”

The exhibition is part of Punk London: 40 Years of Subversive Culture which celebrates punk heritage and influence.


Barbican Music Library Opening Times:
Mondays & Wednesdays 9.30am to 5.30pm;
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9.30am to 7.30pm;
Fridays 9.30am to 2pm; Saturdays 9.30am to 4pm;
Closed on Sundays. The Library will also be closed for Easter from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March inclusive.


Check out the prints that will be on display at the exhibition below:

Jeff Buckley and Chrissie Hynde backstage at the Glastonbury Festival, June 24, 1995 - CLICK TO BUY!!!