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AC/DC’s Highway to Hell

Joe Bonomo

Joe Bonomo teaches in the English Department of Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band (Continuum 2007), and Installations (Penguin), a collection of prose poems. His personal essays and prose poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

33 1/3 Books

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...Released in 1979, AC/DC’s Highway To Hell was the infamous last album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980. Officially chalked up to “Death by Misadventure,” Scott’s demise has forever...

AC/DC

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...When brothers Angus and Malcolm Young formed AC/DC in 1973, little did they know how significantly they would shape the sound of rock music through the end of the millennium. Born in Scotland, the brothers and their family relocated...

Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet

Phillip Crandall

Phillip Crandall lives in South Florida and is a former editor for FHM Magazine. His freelance writing has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Maxim, and whatever other publications at which his scattered friends have taken up shop. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

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...“It’s Time To Party,” the first track off of I Get Wet, opens with a rapid-fire guitar line - nothing fancy, just a couple crunchy power chords to acclimate the ears - repeated twice before a booming bass drum joins in to provide...

Black Sabbath's Master of Reality

John Darnielle

John Darnielle is the singer and songwriter otherwise known as the Mountain Goats. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

33 1/3 Books

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...Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality has maintained remarkable historical status over several generations; it’s a touchstone for the directionless, and common coin for young men and women who’ve felt excluded from the broader cultural economy....
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...Emerging from the British psychedelic scene, Black Sabbath’s early innovations on blues rock and metaphor-laden lyrics are perhaps most directly responsible for the emergence of the popular hard rock/metal genre. In 1968, Tony Iommi...

Cold Chisel

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...In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Dylan-esque hard rock sound of Cold Chisel dominated the Australian music scene. Formed in 1973 as Orange, Ian Moss, Steve Prestwich, and Don Walker used a different name for each show until 1974, when...

Deep Purple

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...The psychedelic output of the British rock band Deep Purple paved the way for the rise of hard rock and metal through the 1970s and 1980s. In 1967, drummer Chris Curtis floated the idea of forming a supergroup to a trio of investors, who...

Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I and II

Eric Weisbard

Eric Weisbard has been writing about music since 1989. He edited the Spin Alternative Record Guide and was a senior writer there for ten years. At Experience Music Project, the Seattle music museum, he put together the travelling exhibit “Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights” and he organized the annual pop music conference. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2006

33 1/3 Books

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...It was the season of the blockbuster. Between August 12 and November 26 1991, a whole slew of acts released albums that were supposed to sell millions of copies in the run-up to Christmas. Metallica, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Nirvana...
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...As poster children for the excesses of rock and roll in the 1980s and 1990s, Guns N’ Roses became symbols of their era for both critics and fans. The band formed in 1985 after Axl Rose’s outfit, Hollywood Rose, incorporated members...