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Posts by Terry Lickona, ACL-TV producer

Celebrating 35 Years of Austin City Limits

Monday, April 12: 1:05 p.m.
Elvis Costello on stage at ACL-TV

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum officially declared the studio where Austin City Limits is produced a “historic rock and roll landmark” last October, it was more than just a validation of the show’s status as the longest-running music series in American television history.  It gave a lot of people – artists, the media, even the staff itself – a new appreciation for the sheer impact ACL has had after 35 years.  We’ve recorded hundreds and hundreds of shows with thousands upon thousands of musicians that have been seen by tens of millions of people all over the world.  Some of them have even been inspired to become musicians themselves…and some of them have even found themselves performing on the same historic stage – a dream come true.  The legacy and magic of the TV show have spawned a music festival (ACL Fest, every October in Austin), an upcoming book (due out in August), and now a permanent live music venue (opening in January 2011).  Not bad for a li’l ole Texas music show that started on a shoestring budget in 1975.

We’re probably on our third generation of performers and viewers by now ...

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