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Jill Furmanovsky

Rockarchive founder, Jill Furmanovsky, was born and brought up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Her parents moved to London in 1965 when Jill was 11 years old and she became a member of the Beatles fan-club and an 'Apple scruff' – one of the teenagers that hung around outside Abbey Road hoping to catch sight of the Fab Four. Her first rock shot was of Paul McCartney standing outside his house with two of her school friends taken on a Kodak Instamatic.

Following a foundation course at Harrow School of Art, Jill studied textile and graphic design at the Central School of Art and Design. After only two weeks training in photography, she had a lucky break when she was offered (and gleefully accepted) the unpaid job of official photographer at London's premier rock venue, The Rainbow Theatre in 1972.

Artists photographed in her 40 year career include many of the biggest names in rock music: Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Blondie, The Police, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Bob Dylan, and Oasis are but a few. She has also directed videos for Oasis and The Pretenders.

Jill continues to shoot in the music industry. Her traffic-stopping image of Florence Welsh graced the streets of Los Angeles in 2012 as part of the exhibit ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll?’ at the Annenberg Space for Photography. She was also featured extensively in the film of the same name in which Noel Gallagher took part on her behalf, to praise their long working relationship.

Jill's book 'The Moment' 25 Years of Rock Photography' (1995) is a seminal work in the genre. Her subsequent book, ‘Oasis - Was There Then ' A Photographic Journey' (1997) followed a ground-breaking exhibition of the same name that toured in the UK and Ireland (Noel Gallagher thought she was a caterer who took good pictures).

Jill has won many awards for her music photography including The Jane Bown Observer Portrait Award (1992) and 'Woman of the Year' for Music and Related Industries (1988). Further accolades followed. In 2012 she was presented with a special award by Record of The Day Magazine.

 

 

 

Amy Winehouse (AMYW001JF)

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse captured in the corridor of the Union Chapel - "She seemed particularly happy that night and made references to a loved one "

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Bob Marley (BM001JF)

Bob Marley

Bob Marley sitting on the bed of a rented apartment on Gloucester Road in London in 1978

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Chic (CH001JF)

Chic

All four members of Chic cannot help but groove to the same beat.

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Cure, The (CURE001JF)

The Cure

The Cure on the road in Holland and Belgium during their 1980 'Seventeen Seconds' tour.

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Led Zeppelin (LZ011JF)

Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page onstage at Led Zeppelin's legendary Earls Court Arena concerts in 1975

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Leonard Cohen (LC002JF)

Leonard Cohen

Jill Furmanovsky recalls, "This was a typical music press session - probably for Sounds. The journalist and ‘snapper’, me, at a posh hotel.

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Madness (MA001JF)

Madness

This shoot of Madness in New York City was for Issue No.1 of a new magazine that developed cult status, The Face.

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Oasis (OA005JF)

Oasis

Terrible vibes between Noel and Liam produced a wonderful set of pictures. Taken in Paris in November 1995.

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Oasis (OA007JF)

Oasis

This was taken during a break in filming the Oasis Wonderwall video.

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Oasis

Johnny Marr had given Noel one of his guitars in the early days when he was broke. Now he was able to buy any guitar that took his fancy

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Oasis (OA040JF)

Oasis

This was the second day of a 2-day press shoot for the release of Be Here Now. It was the day Tony Blair became Prime Minister

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Oasis (OA042JF)

Oasis

Rehearsals before leaving for a US tour supporting U2.

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Oasis

Noel & Liam Gallagher from Oasis backstage before performing onstage at Wembley Stadium in July 2000

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Oasis

Noel recalls "Maine Road was where we all used to go as kids. So I was standing there, trying to make sure I never forgot this moment"

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Pink Floyd (PF001JF)

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd in Abbey Road making a new album that became 'Wish You Were Here'. Jill Furmanovsky was asked to drop in and shoot some stills

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Led Zeppelin (LZ010JF)

Led Zeppelin

"In his velvet embroidered suits, striking guitar poses, Jimmy Page and the equally dynamic Robert Plant were a photographers dream."

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Pink Floyd (PF002JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour’s superb guitar solo during ’Comfortably Numb’ on PinK Floyd's The Wall Tour

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Pink Floyd (PF015JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour in Studio 3, at Abbey Road Studios. The band were recording Have a Cigar that day for their new album Wish You Were Here .

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Alex Chilton (ALCH001JF)

Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton photographed in a disused gymnasium in London in 1978

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Annie Lennox (EU001JF)

Annie Lennox

The styling for a cover shoot for Sounds Magazine was a sheet off the bed. The lighting came from a bedside lamp.

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B.B. King (BB001JF)

B.B. King

B.B. King headlines the venue at the Rainbow Theatre in 1973 with support acts from Lou Reed, Golden Earring & The Persuasions.

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Billy Idol (IDOL001JF)

Billy Idol

Billy Idol poses for the camera on a bed with a cat. He was part of the Bromley Contingent, a group of followers & fans of the Sex Pistols.

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Blondie (BL001JF)

Blondie

Debbie Harry (Blondie) at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, May 1977, kicking off their first UK tour,

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Blondie (BL002JF)

Blondie

Debbie Harry at the Glasgow Apollo, 1977, kicking off their first UK tour supporting American band Television. Blondie were the support act.

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Blondie (BL003JF)

Blondie

Debbie Harry of Blondie photographed by Jill Furmanovsky at Chrysalis Records shortly after their debut album 'Blondie' was re-released.

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Bob Dylan (BD001JF)

Bob Dylan

"This image of Bob Dylan and bass player Tony Garnier, snatched at an open air concert in Italy, sums up a beautiful partnership."

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Buzzcocks (BUZZ001JF)

Buzzcocks

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

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Captain Beefheart (BH001JF)

Captain Beefheart

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band play the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1973.

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Carlos Santana (CS001JF)

Carlos Santana

This concert was shortly after 'Caravanserai', the 4th album by Santana released in Oct 1972. It was a turning point in Santana's career.

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Chrissie Hynde (CHRIS001JF)

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde taking time out in August 1990

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Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde & Jeff Buckley hanging out back stage at the Glastonbury Festival

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Clash, The (CL001JF)

The Clash

'White riot, I wanna riot, white riot, a riot of my own!' There was a riot at this gig when the audience smashed up a load of seats.

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Cortinas, The (CORT001JF)

The Cortinas

Bristol punk band The Cortinas hanging out in London in 1977 after the release of their debut single ' Fascist Dictator'

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Cramps, The (TC001JF)

The Cramps

Ivy and Lux from The Cramps

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Cream (CR001JF)

Cream

Cream rehearsing in Bray in 2005 before their reunion concerts at the Royal Albert Hall

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Cure, The ( CURE002JF)

The Cure

The Cure captured in their early days in London in 1979

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Oasis

At the time of Wonderwall Oasis not only sounded like The Beatles they looked like them too.

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The Clash

Joe Strummer (lying on floor) & Mick Jones performing live onstage on their 'Sort It Out' Tour at the Paradiso, Amsterdam.

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Nick Cave (NC001ELLI)

Nick Cave

Nick Cave photographed at the Neo Hotel, Brighton in October 2005

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Nirvana

Nirvana photographed outside the Dalmacia Hotel in Shepherd's Bush, London on a cold October morning in 1990.

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Pink Floyd (PF016JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour taking a quiet moment backstage, during the Dark Side of the Moon tour 1974.

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Rory Gallagher

Rory was soft-spoken, kind of a shy, and he really liked the gesture of bringing him a flower, he held it as he spoke to me.

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Van Morrison

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Blondie

Blondie

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Squeeze

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Bruce Springsteen

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