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The Mosh Pit

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

More from the mosh pit

1Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews. © Grant Matthews. 2Marc Hunter, Dragon. Sylvania Hotel, Sydney c. 1979 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence. 3Suze DeMarchi, Baby Animals, St George Leagues Club, 1991 Tony Mott. Courtesy of the artist. © Tony Mott. 4Ian Moss, Cold Chisel, Sylvania Hotel, Sydney, c. 1980 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence. 5Jimmy and the Boys, Captain Cook Uni Bar, 30 December 1979. (Ignatius Jones - vocals) 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling. 6Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling. 7Skyhooks, Sydney Harbour, 1975 Bob King. © Bob King. 8Doc Neeson and drummer Brent Eccles of The Angels performing live onstage 1981 Wendy McDougall. Courtesy of the artist. © Wendy McDougall. 9Bon Scott and Angus Young, AC/DC, 1976 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King. 10Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King. 11Michael Hutchence, INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King. 12Michael Hutchence, INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King.

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Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant
Chrissy Amphlett "Temperamental", 1989 Ivan Durrant

Pub Rock Highlights Tour

Daily event from Sat 19 Dec 2020 until Sun 14 Feb
2:30pm

Take a 30 minute tour of the exhibition.

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews
Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 (detail) Grant Matthews

Pub Rock

Your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes

Current exhibition

from Saturday 5 September 2020

Celebrate the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on our nation’s identity.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.