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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.

 

 

 

Buzzcocks (BUZZ002JF)

Buzzcocks

Punk group Buzzcocks captured under a Manchester street sign in August 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 (CH002JF)

Chic

Contact strip of four separate images of Chic performing at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.

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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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Chrissie Hynde (CHRIS005JF)

Chrissie Hynde

Contact sheet of the photo shoot for the 'Living without Cruelty' book cover featuring Chrissie Hynde chained up in a cage

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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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Clash, The (CL005JF)

The Clash

Contact Strip of The Clash messing about in the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1978

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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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The Cure, 1979 by Jill Furmanovsky

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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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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Eric Clapton (EC008JF)

Eric Clapton

Portrait taken in manager's office near Regent's Park, London, for Q Magazine.

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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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Fall, The (FALL001JF)

The Fall

The Fall performing an early gig at Manchester's renowned music venue Band on the Wall in May 1977

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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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George Michael (GMICH001JF)

George Michael

George Michael performing at an event in memory of Linda McCartney in 1999.

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George Michael (GMICH002JF)

George Michael

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley from Wham! taken in 1982

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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 Brown

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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John Lydon (SP002JF)

John Lydon

John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten with Johnny Ramone in a relaxed conversation backstage at The Roundhouse, London before a Ramones gig in 1977

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John Prine (JP001JF)

John Prine

Legendary folk singer-songwriter John Prime performing at the Fleadh, London in June 2004.

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Bob Dylan (BD003ROSA)

Bob Dylan

In the studio in Santa Monica, California in 1980, Bob Dylan is captured whilst leaning on his guitar case.

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Beatles, The (TB009WHIT)

The Beatles

Shooting promotional films for the singles Rain & Paperback Writer at Chiswick Park Gardens in May 1966

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Fall, The (FALL001KC)

The Fall

Early shot of The Fall at Central Station Car Park, Manchester in the summer of 1978

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The Cure, 1979 by Jill Furmanovsky

The Cure

The Cure captured in their early days in London in 1979

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Clash, The (CL001ABAL)

The Clash

The Clash back stage before their most famous gig at the Rainbow Theatre in May 1977.

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Pink Floyd (PF050JF)

Pink Floyd

Iconic image of David Gilmour playing his ‘The Black Strat’ with Pink Floyd live at The Rainbow Theatre, London on 4 November 1973.

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