Bob King has spent the last half a century capturing some of music’s most iconic characters. From David Bowie and Frank Sinatra to Elton John and even Beyoncé, King has seen it all since his career began in 1964, where he shot The Beatles’ legendary performance at Sydney Stadium.

“The photographs surprise us with their honesty and astound us with their perception,” Glenn A. Baker says. “Bob King’s photographs capture and distil the very essence of the performing art.”

50 years on, the audiences and the acts have changed but Aussies’ love of live music has never faltered. And now, King has assembled over 700 never-before-seen photos from hundreds of concerts in a collector’s edition book. No matter what genre of music you’re into, there’s something for everyone in The Bob King Collection.

Take a look at just a few of King’s shots in the gallery above and tell us in the comments below, what was the first live act you ever saw?

Bob KingFrom The Bob King Collection by Bob King published by New Holland Publishers, RRP $99.99, available at all good bookstores.

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