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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.

 

 

 

Alex Chilton (ALCH001JF)

Alex Chilton

By the end of 1978, with a handful of new songs he was itching to record, it was time for him to return to the studio."

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Amy Winehouse (AMYW001JF)

Amy Winehouse

"She seemed particularly happy that night and made references to a loved one (Blake) who was in the audience."

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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

More collectors buy pictures of Debbie Harry than of any other female musician in our archive, she has 100% credibility as a great artist.

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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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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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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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Chic (CH001JF)

Chic

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

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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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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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Cure, The (CURE001JF)

The Cure

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

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David Gilmour (DAVG001JF)

David Gilmour

David Gilmour at the rehearsal for his Brighton performance on the Rattle that Lock Tour in September 2015

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David Gilmour (DAVG002JF)

David Gilmour

David Gilmour at the rehearsal for his Brighton performance on the Rattle that Lock Tour in September 2015.

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Devo ( DEVO002JF)

Devo

Devo were much appreciated by a British audience who did their best to dress like the band at gigs. This was taken in London, 1979.

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Devo (DEVO001JF)

Devo

Devo relaxing in deckchairs in Hyde Park in 1980 before their gig at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park that evening.

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Duke Ellington (DE001JF)

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1973

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Elvis Costello (EL001JF)

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1999 for a benefit concert to commemorate the life and work of Linda McCartney

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Eric Clapton ( EC003JF)

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London in February 1992

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Eric Clapton (EC001JF)

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in January 1973

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Faces, The ( FA001JF)

The Faces

Rod Stewart from The Faces performing at the Sundown Ballroom, London in June 1973

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Florence and the Machine (FATM001COCO)

Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performing live at Glastonbury 2009.

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Florence and the Machine (FATM001JF)

Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine rehearsing at the John Henry Studios, London in October 2007

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Jam, The ( JA012JF)

The Jam

Paul Weller with The Jam onstage for a soundcheck at the Rainbow Theatre, London in December 1978

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Jam, The ( JA013JF)

The Jam

Paul Weller, from The Jam, dressing for a cover shoot for 'The Face' in London in March 1983

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Jam, The (JA010JF)

The Jam

Paul Weller onstage with The Jam at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1979

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Jam, The (JA011JF)

The Jam

The Jam before they go onstage at Poplar Civic Hall, London in June 1977

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James Brown (BR001JF)

James Bown

James Brown in May 1985 captured during documentary filming in London, prior to performing at Hammersmith Odeon

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Jeff Buckley (JB001JF)

Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley performing onstage at Bunjees Club, London in March 1994

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The Rolling Stones

Don’t try this now as you would probably drown. Standing on the Thames during the first photo shoot.

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Blondie

Debbie Harry at her home studio in NYC in 1978. Blondie took time off from their busy schedule recording Parallel Lines for this portrait.

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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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Blondie

Debbie Harry, from Blondie, at a photoshoot in New York, Autumn 1978 to accompany an interview to promote the release of Parallel Lines

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Brian Wilson

One of Brian Wilson's favourite shots taken at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 2008

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