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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.

 

 

 

Rolling Stones, The (RS004JF)

The Rolling Stones

Glastonbury Festival June 2013, Mick Jagger headlining with the Rolling Stones on the Pyramid Stage

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Sex Pistols (SP001JF)

Sex Pistols

I was brave enough to snatch this image of him and Nancy in the dressing room after a Ramones gig that took place on New Years Eve

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Simply Red (MICH002JF)

Simply Red

Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall performing in Munich, Germany on their 1996 Life tour

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Sinead O'Connor (SO002JF)

Sinead O'Connor

Sinead had been decorating and the walls of her lounge were painted a luminous blue that echoed the colour of her eyes.

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Sinead O'Connor (SO003JF)

Sinead O'Connor

Taken in her house just off Westbourne Grove in London. This photograph won a Kodak European Gold Award in 1994.

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Sinead O'Connor (SO005JF)

Sinead O'Connor

Contact sheet photos taken in at Sinead O'Connor's home in Westbound Grove, London in June 1994

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Slits, The (SLT001JF)

The Slits

I first saw 14 year old Ari Up in 1976 at a Generation X gig. I've often wondered if that was the night she decided to form her own group.

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Squeeze (SQUE001JF)

Squeeze

Jools Holland fronting the line-up in this Squeeze shot taken in London in 1978. The same year as they released their debut album.

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Thin Lizzy (TL002JF)

Thin Lizzy

Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy in his hotel room in Liverpool, UK in May 1980.

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Tina Turner (TT001JF)

Tina Turner

Tina Turner with Ike backstage at the 'Startruckin' Tour' in Holland in 1975.

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Tom Waits ( TW002JF)

Tom Waits

Pausing at the crossroads in Santa Rossa, California 1999, Tom Waits casts a glance of displeasure, or so it appears, over his shoulder

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Tom Waits (TW001JF)

Tom Waits

Tom Waits in a Chinese diner in Santa Rossa, California in January 1999

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Tom Waits (TW005JF)

Tom Waits

Contact sheet of Tom Waits reading 'The Mammoth Book of Oddities' in a diner in California in 1999

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Undertones, The (UN001JF)

The Undertones

Shot during a tour of Ireland, "I loved their 'Derry' style which was short jeans and Doc Martin boots - a throw back to the skinhead era"

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Undertones, The (UN003JF)

The Undertones

The Undertones getting their teenage kicks on tour in 1978

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Van Morrison (VM001JF)

Van Morrison

Van Morrison performing at the Rainbow Theatre, London in July 1973.

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White Stripes (WS001COCO)

White Stripes

Meg White & Jack White, of the White Stripes, play live at the Glastonbury Festival, 2002

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Who, The (WH001JF)

The Who

Jill Furmanovsky photograph of Roger Daltrey during the rock opera performance of 'Tommy' in 1972.

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Limited edition of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of Chuck Berry's 'You Never Can Tell' vinyl single

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David Bowie

David Bowie captured by Mick Rock whilst applying make-up in Scotland in 1973

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young making their London debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970

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Nirvana

Kurt Cobain, from Nirvana, photographed in October 1990 outside the Dalmacia Hotel, Shepherd's Bush, London

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The Cure, 1980 by Jill Furmanovsky

The Cure

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

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The Jam

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

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Oasis

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