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Virginia Turbett

Virginia Turbett's photographs captured a wealth of musical, social and cultural images from the period covering Punk, Rock, Pop, Heavy Metal, New Romantics, skinheads, Two-Tone, Ska, Reggae and the and fans, style and fashion of the time. She created images of world famous artists like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Prince as well as celebrities like Andy Warhol and political figures of the time.

In December 1981, The Face magazine ran a spread called “Punk Rock: 5 Years On.” Virginia was sent out into the field to photograph/interview any punks she came across. The magazine didn’t specify how to date those “5 years” precisely but it does happen that “Anarchy in the U.K.” was released in late November of 1976, so we can make it that.

Speaking about a shoot in 1982 with UK pop girl band Bananarama for Smash Hits, Viginia recalls the event, "Journalist Mark Ellen and I took them around London in a chauffeur driven limo," she recalls. "My main memory of the day is that they spent a good deal complaining about how they hated everything that they were asked to do!"

Her photographs of that era document a radically changing and exciting time in the music industry.

 

Madness (MA001VT)

Madness

Madness captured in a London park in November 1979

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Birthday Party, The (BP001VT)

The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party were one of the definitive post-punk groups, creative and destructive in equal measure.

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Jam, The ( JA002VT)

The Jam

Paul Weller, with The Jam, performing live onstage at Guildford Civic Hall in June 1981

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Jam, The (JA001VT)

The Jam

Paul Weller, with The Jam, plugging in his guitar live onstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in April 1980.

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Jam, The (JA003VT)

The Jam

Paul Weller, with The Jam, backstage at Wembey Arena, wearing a Rubber Soul belt, before performing in December 1982

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Prince (PC001VT)

Prince

Prince posing backstage at the Paradiso, Amsterdam during his Dirty Mind Tour in 1981

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Sex Pistols (SP001VT)

Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols on the set for the 'Pretty Vacant' video shoot at the ITN Studios, London in June 1977

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Featured Prints

Sex Pistols (SP001BG)

Sex Pistols

Punk icon Sid Vicious reading MAD magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the Sex Pistols one and only US tour in January 1978.

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Bob Marley (BM002DC)

Bob Marley

Rare contact sheet by David Corio with a fantastic selection of images of Bob Marley performing in London in 1980.

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Madness (MA001JF)

Madness

This shoot of Madness in New York City in February 1980 was for Issue No.1 of a new magazine that developed cult status, The Face.

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Queen (QN001JA)

Queen

Freddie Mercury onstage with Queen at the Brøndby Hallen, Copenhagen in 1977 on their A Day At The Races Tour

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Jimi Hendrix (JH001BW)

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix after performing on Lulu's TV show in London in January 1969

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Clash, The (CL002SSHE)

The Clash

The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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Featured Artists

David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades & regarded by critics & musicians as a true innovator.

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AC/DC

AC/DC

AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. they have dubbed their music simply "rock and roll".

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Madonna

Madonna

Madonna transcended the term 'pop star' into a global icon & is regarded as the most influential female recording artist of all time.

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Joy Division

Joy Division

Joy Division (originally named Warsaw), an English rock band formed in 1976 were one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis were an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band have sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Manchester Music

Manchester Music

Manchester is inextricably linked to its musical heritage. A city whose music is deeply rooted in its fabric

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Featured Collections

The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones have been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years. Our collections share the best images spanning their career

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Born In The USA

Born In The USA

The USA has given us many of the world's greatest music artists - we celebrate the best of the best

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Contact Sheets Collection

Contact Sheets Collection

Our contact sheet collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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Rockarchive Edition 100

Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Jazz & Blues Collection

Jazz & Blues Collection

Welcome to our Jazz & Blues Print Collection - over 50 years of iconic images of the world's greatest Jazz & Blues musicians

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