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Music Photographer Bob King Releases New Book Covering 50 Years Of Rock

'Cos nothing quite beats the printed book, or the live performance.

14/11/2016 1:10 PM AEDT | Updated 14/11/2016 4:06 PM AEDT
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David Bowie is among some of the international acts featured.

It wasn't that long ago that live music was a completely mesmerising, immersive experience.

That's not to say artists today are any less talented, but gigs feel somewhat tainted.

Blame it on the glittering sea of smartphones, or the self-inflicted anxiety of not capturing the performance on Snapchat, there's no denying technology, in some ways, has taken the magic away.

Making concert memories last forever is something Bob King, one of Australia's most legendary music photographers has been doing for 50 years.

King got his start when he captured The Beatles at Sydney Stadium in 1964. His office became the front of stages for every big artist touring Down Under and he went on to become the official tour photographer for AC/DC, Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi and INXS.

This month, he'll release the Bob King Collection -- 360 pages filled with more than 600 never-before-seen images -- covering half a century of live music.

From the Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie and U2 to Beyonce, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson and Prince, the Sydney-native has given The Huffington Post an exclusive first look of what's to come.

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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones in concert at the Commemorative Pavillion in Sydney.

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Queen: Freddie Mercury at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, 1985.

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David Bowie, 'the thin white duke', in his prime in 1978 at Sydney Showground.

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Beyonce on the breathtaking Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Sydney, 2013.

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Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour in 2014 at Allphones Arena.

The Bob King Collection is out now.

New Holland Publishers Australia

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