Rock Seen Book 1992

Jul 22nd 2013 | 0 COMMENTS

During the filming of my recent feature documentary about the Irish band The Frames : ‘The Frames In The Deep Shade’ they ended their 20 year anniversary tour in Whelans in Dublin. Whelans was, and still is possibly, the best small music club in Dublin and I knew it well. In fact I shot my first ever live music photography there watching The Davy Spillane Band in August 1991. It was a nostalgic visit coming back and seeing that it is still a thriving venue. It also made me think of the book I produced when studying photography in 1992. “Rock Seen”.
Dublin Rock Music Capital of The World Graffiti

The book that I made as a graduation piece was called ‘Rock Seen’. I cringe now at the naked ambition of doing a book on the Dublin Rock Scene and it was a hopelessly inadequate book for the general public but as a final project over a few months it was going to be fun and as a 19 year old music fan who could resist? Looking at it now there were a few successful images and I’m proud of it as a piece.

The book was comprised of 4 chapters covering 4 bands playing live, The Davy Spillane Band, The Golden Horde, The Mock Turtles and An Emotional Fish as well as a series of portraits and general images from Dublin.

In the short period I was working on it I managed to photograph Dave Fanning the legendary Irish DJ on 2FM as well as Niall Stokes who was the Editor of Hot Press Ireland’s equally legendary music magazine.
Niall Stokes Editor of Hot Press Magazine 1992

Also included were portraits of Denis Desmond of MCD concert promoters, journalist Barry Egan, Davy Spillane (who was the first portrait session I ever shot in a studio) and more. I will add a few images on this post and possibly more on another day.

Davy Spillane Studio Portrait 1992

It’s ironic that The Frames were starting out at the same time as the photos were taken for this book and I had to wait 5 more years before I discovered them for myself and at that time I was living in the UK in a funny town called Mansfield, just as Brit pop was happening and there were guitar bands everywhere. Around the same time I started to take music photographs again. But that’s another story.
To be continued…


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