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JUDAS PRIEST and Rufus Publications are pleased to announce the publication of the first ever official Judas Priest photographic book documenting the band’s extensive history over the last 50 years – titled JUDAS PRIEST – 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS the book has been put together by David Silver, Ross Halfin and Jayne Andrews. “I’ve photographed Judas Priest from 1978 until now and of all the bands I’ve worked with they are one of the most enjoyable to me – you have to love the mighty Priest,” Ross Halfin, August 2020.

This huge, 648 page coffee table book chronicles the history of the world’s foremost heavy metal band using hundreds of unseen, unpublished photographs from Rock’s greatest photographers including Ross Halfin, Neil Zlozower, Mark Weiss, Fin Costello, Oliver Halfin and many more. With a linking text by renowned journalist Mark Blake the book explores the bands exciting history on stage and off in a unique photo documentary designed to excite fans and devotees of true heavy metal the world over. Current band members have all contributed to the book with written pieces detailing their love and passion for the band, making this an extraordinary artefact for their legions of followers. The book features an exclusive cover by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band for many years now. Rob Halford comments, “The photographs in this book capture the life of Judas Priest in all our glory!”.

Rufus Publications are making 4 incredible editions of the book available including an edition designed to raise money for The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation and a giant 410mm square edition supplied in a beautiful black metal slipcase – the book will ship in early January 2021.

The Standard Edition: 648 page book 12” square printed on art paper – supplied in a cloth slipcase with red foil.

The Deluxe Edition: 500 numbered copies 12” square – bound in black leather with a 3D lenticular to the front – gold foil and an exclusive fold out poster. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.

The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation Charity Edition: 100 numbered copies 12” square – printed on art paper with a special blue cover supplied in a cloth slipcase with blue foil.  Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.  All proceeds from this edition will go to The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation.

The Epic Leather and Metal Edition: 100 numbered copies 16” square – bound in luxurious padded black leather with a 3D lenticular to the front – gold foil and an exclusive fold out poster. The book comes in a die cut black metal slipcase. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.

Over the past 50 years Judas Priest’s music has come to define the metal genre with such benchmark albums as ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny,’ ‘British Steel,’ ‘Defenders of the Faith,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller’ and ‘Firepower,’ and global hits including ‘Breaking The Law,’ ‘Living After Midnight’ and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.’ During this time Judas Priest graduated from playing Britain’s clubs and theatres in the 1970’s to headlining the world’s biggest arenas in the ‘80s, ‘90s and beyond – with their evolving music and live performances also came a powerful and unique identity – a look which has both defined the group and influenced future generations of metal bands.