WRITTEN BY MARK THACKARA
A number of high profile photographers have contributed prints to an auction to raise money for the Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders COVID 19 fund.
Amongst them is another long time favourite of mine, Jill Furmanovsky who contributed this piece of music history showing Johnnys Rotten and Ramone at the Roundhouse. We ran a pop up gallery/workshop round the corner from Liverpool Street station together a few years back. I managed to miss her party for her big collaboration with Olympus back in the 90’s when the cavernous Roundhouse in Camden was host to a big Oasis project but this image brings back fond memories of annoying my parents a long time before that. I asked Jill for a little background:
“In my archive it says that the picture was taken on 26th June 1977 before The Ramones headlined at the Roundhouse in London’s Chalk Farm. Support act was The Talking Heads. So a seminal gig. A number of UK punks went to that show and were hanging around backstage before and after, including Johnny Rotten – seen in my picture talking to Johnny Ramone, Capt. Sensible and Rat Scabies of the Damned, and various members of the ‘Bromley Contingent.’“
And what were they like?
“It was all a bit fleeting Mark. Both Johnnys were a bit scary and I didn’t linger! The only Ramone I got to know quite well a few years later was Joey Ramone, who was a lovely guy.”
Check out this and more great images here and don’t forget the auction is on until November 15th 2020.