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The Mosh Pit

More photographs by Bob King, Stuart Spence, 'pling, Tony Mott, and Wendy McDougall.

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Selected images

Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1986 Bob King
Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1986 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Cold Chisel, 1978 Bob King
Cold Chisel, 1978 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
The Church, 1982 Bob King
The Church, 1982 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
INXS, 1984 Bob King
INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Mark Seymour, Hunters and Collectors, Phoenician Club, Sydney '92, 1992 Stuart Spence
Mark Seymour, Hunters and Collectors, Phoenician Club, Sydney '92, 1992 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence
Julie Mostyn, Flaming Hands, The Cronulla Workers' Club, Sydney, c. 1981 Stuart Spence
Julie Mostyn, Flaming Hands, The Cronulla Workers' Club, Sydney, c. 1981 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence
The Cockroaches, 1985 Bob King
The Cockroaches, 1985 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Skyhooks, Sydney Showground, 1976 Bob King
Skyhooks, Sydney Showground, 1976 Bob King. © Bob King
Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1987 Bob King
Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1987 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling
Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
The Angels, Sydney Showgrounds, 1985 Tony Mott
The Angels, Sydney Showgrounds, 1985 Tony Mott. Courtesy of the artist. © Tony Mott
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar), Steven Williams (drums) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar), Steven Williams (drums) 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
The Naturals, Captain Cook Hotel, Narrabundah, 1980.  Maryanne Filshie (vocals), Nick Bonham (bass), David Fricker (drums) 'pling
The Naturals, Captain Cook Hotel, Narrabundah, 1980. Maryanne Filshie (vocals), Nick Bonham (bass), David Fricker (drums) 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King
Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
The Angels performing,  Canberra Showgrounds, 29 November 1979 'pling
The Angels performing, Canberra Showgrounds, 29 November 1979 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
, 1984 Grant Matthews. © Grant Matthews
Marc Hunter, Dragon. Sylvania Hotel, Sydney c. 1979 Stuart Spence
Marc Hunter, Dragon. Sylvania Hotel, Sydney c. 1979 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence
Suze DeMarchi, Baby Animals, St George Leagues Club, 1991 Tony Mott
Suze DeMarchi, Baby Animals, St George Leagues Club, 1991 Tony Mott. Courtesy of the artist. © Tony Mott
Ian Moss, Cold Chisel, Sylvania Hotel, Sydney, c. 1980 Stuart Spence
Ian Moss, Cold Chisel, Sylvania Hotel, Sydney, c. 1980 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence
Jimmy and the Boys, Captain Cook Uni Bar, 30 December 1979.  (Ignatius Jones - vocals) 'pling
Jimmy and the Boys, Captain Cook Uni Bar, 30 December 1979. (Ignatius Jones - vocals) 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling
Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
Skyhooks, Sydney Harbour, 1975 Bob King
Skyhooks, Sydney Harbour, 1975 Bob King. © Bob King
Doc Neeson and drummer Brent Eccles of The Angels performing live onstage 1981 Wendy McDougall
Doc Neeson and drummer Brent Eccles of The Angels performing live onstage 1981 Wendy McDougall. Courtesy of the artist. © Wendy McDougall
Bon Scott and Angus Young, AC/DC, 1976 Bob King
Bon Scott and Angus Young, AC/DC, 1976 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King
Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Michael Hutchence,  INXS, 1984 Bob King
Michael Hutchence, INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Michael Hutchence, INXS, 1984 Bob King
Michael Hutchence, INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King

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