Cormac Figgis – Shot From All Sides book
SHOT FROM ALL SIDES is Cormac Figgis’s first book of live music photography. He’s been shooting at gigs, clubs and festivals in Ireland, the UK, and Canada for over fifteen years. This collection of images represents a broad spectrum of bands, including the New York Dolls, The Stooges, Fontaines DC, Sex Pistols, Killing Joke, The Fall, The Residents, Nick Cave, Throbbing Gristle, PiL, Nouvelle Vague, CSS, Tinariwen, Shane Macgowan, Sinead O’Connor, Primal Scream, Al Green, Julian Cope, Cluster, Holy Fuck, Jay Reatard, Unloved, The Specials, Beastie Boys, and many, many more…
This limited-run book features more than 180 photographs covering 150 gigs, contained within 230 pages.
“This book is a document of passions. A distilled odyssey of dramatic, arousing moments. Rock ’n’ roll isn’t just about posturing and glamour. It’s about conviction. You need to believe that the people you’re engaging with are genuine to their cause. Without that, the experience is meaningless.[…] I try to capture moments that express this conviction. When you believe, it makes the posturing and glamour all the more exciting, emotional and powerful.”
“These are photos from the frontline, photos that tell you everything about performance and rock ‘n’ roll, that capture the coiled snake energy of the form. Cormac understands the power of performance and is deeply immersed in the sound and fury. Without that understanding you have snapshots, but with it you have art and danger.[…] Only someone steeped in the dark stuff, obsessed with the dark energy and full of the dark matter can do this.”
John Robb — Journalist, Author, Songwriter, TV pundit