Anarchy in the City

Rockarchive celebrates 40 years of punk at Barbican Music Library

Jill Furmanovsky, founder and world renowned music photographer, opens her archives of Punk rock images for an exhibition at the City of London Corporation's Barbican Music Library to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Punk.’s ‘Chunk of Punk’, which runs from 2 March to 28 April, will feature many of Furmanovsky’s unseen and well-known photographs of Punk images. A series of seminal images of The Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, The Undertones, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie, Iggy Pop and many more iconic bands will be featured.

Jill Furmanovsky said:

“I am delighted to be showcasing ‘Chunk of Punk’ at the Barbican Music Library. I have been inspired to delve deep into my archives to celebrate the creative energy and inclusiveness of the Punk movement summed up by Mark P’s famous dictum, “If you can play three chords, you can form a band.” It is echoed by my own experience, “If you train for two weeks, you can be a photographer!”

Michael Southwell, Principal Library Assistant, Barbican Music Library, said:

My colleagues and I are so thrilled and privileged that we can display some of Jill’s superb images. She has won many awards for her music photography, and ‘Chunk of Punk’ will be a photographic celebration of the era, alongside a significant selection of original punk vinyl from my own personal collection. We are also very pleased to be one of the many contributors to Punk.London.”

The exhibition will form part of Punk.London: 40 Years of Subversive Culture -



Notes for Editors:


Jill Furmanovsky and Michael Southwell are available for media interviews – please email and

An open evening to celebrate ‘Chunk of Punk’ will be held at Barbican Music Library on Wednesday 9 March from 6.30pm - 8.30pm. The free exhibition runs from 2 March to 28 April.


For more information, please contact:

Michael Southwell, Principal Library Assistant, Barbican Music Library

Tel: 020 7638 0672 / Email

Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer (Features), City of London Corporation

Tel: 020 7332 1452 / Mobile: 07795 333060 / Email


About Barbican Music Library:

Barbican Music Library, which is free to join and managed by the City of London Corporation, is one of the most significant public music col­lections in the country, with over 15,000 CDs and DVDs covering a range of different musi­cal styles. It also boasts a stock of nearly 16,000 music scores and an extensive collection of books about music and musicians; and over 70 periodicals covering different aspects of music and recording, with selected back issues available for reference. Eight listening booths are provided, in which recordings from the lending collection can be listened to free of charge. Two digital pianos are available free of charge for practice purposes.


About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation. It supports and promotes the City as a world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile. It also provides valued services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre, Barbican Music Library, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall Library, Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, London Metropolitan Archives, a range of education provision (including three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge), Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey, over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. The City of London Corporation is London’s Port Health Authority and also runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. For more details, visit