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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

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

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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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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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Oasis (OA005JF)

Oasis

Terrible vibes between Noel and Liam produced a wonderful set of pictures.

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Oasis (OA007JF)

Oasis

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

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Oasis (OA030JF)

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 (OAMR001JF)

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

The band in Abbey Road making a new album that became 'Wish You Were Here'. I was asked by Storm Thorgerson to drop in and shoot some stills

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Pink Floyd (PF002JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour’s superb guitar solo during ’Comfortably Numb’.

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Pink Floyd (PF015JF)

Pink Floyd

David Gilmour in Studio 3, (one of the smaller Abbey Road studios.) The band were recording Have a Cigar that day.

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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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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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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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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 (CHRIS002JF)

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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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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Madonna

Backstage at the video shoot for the hit single 'You'll See' shot in Spain, October 1995

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Bruce Springsteen

During the Born In The USA Tour at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, 1985.

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Pink Floyd

David Gilmour in Studio 3, (one of the smaller Abbey Road studios.) The band were recording Have a Cigar that day.

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Tom Jones

Tom Jones performing on the eve of Latitude Festival in July 2010. He showcased his new album of blues and gospel songs, ‘Praise And Blame’

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The Ramones

Johnny Ramone’s super-fast ‘buzzsaw’ guitar had a huge impact on the punk scene and he could make a two-minute song sound like an epic.

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The Beatles

The Beatles having fun at Cliveden House whilst taking a break from filming the comedy, Help in May 1965.

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