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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.

 

 

 

Bruce Springsteen performing at the Glastonbury Festoval in 2009 photographed by Jill Furmanovsky

Bruce Springsteen

Joiner image by Jill Furmanovsky of Bruce Springsteen performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2009

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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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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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Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders in london in 1990 photographed by Jill Furmanovsky

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde photographed by Jill Furmanovsky during the photo shoot for The Pretenders album 'Packed!'.

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Chrissie Hynde wearing a David Shilling hat in 1990.

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde looking fierce whilst wearing a David Shilling hat in 1990.

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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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The Cramps at the Roundhouse, London in May 1979

The Cramps

The Cramps at the Roundhouse, London in May 1979.

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Cramps, The (TC001JF)

The Cramps

Poison Ivy and Lux Interior from The Cramps photographed by Jill Furmanovsky in 1981

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Cramps, The (TC002JF)

The Cramps

The Cramps captured by Jill Furmanovsky in New York in February 1980.

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Cream (CR001JF)

Cream

Cream rehearsing at Bray Studios in April 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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Robert Smith photographed by Jill Furmanovsky in her studio in 1985

The Cure

Robert Smith from The Cure photographed by Jill Furmanovsky at her London studio in July 1985.

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The Cure hanging out by swings in the snow in 1979

The Cure

The Cure photographed by Jill Furmanovsky hanging out by swings in the snow in 1979.

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The Damned performing at The Roxy, London in 1977 photographed by Jill Furmanovsky

The Damned

The Damned onstage at The Roxy, London in 1977

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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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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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Glastonbury  Pharell Williams (PHWI001JF)

Pharell Williams

Pharell Williams in 2015 on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival

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Glastonbury (GLAS001JF)

Glastonbury

The Pyramid Stage and Glastonbury Tor captured beautifully by Jill Furmanovsky at the 2000 Glastonbury Festival

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Glastonbury (GLAS004JF)

Glastonbury

The tipis at Glastonbury captured at dawn during the 2010 festival

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