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2004 Inductees ACDC Onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


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Hall of Fame Essay


Brad Tolinski

Some say that rock & roll is dirty, that it’s the devil’s music. The members of AC/DC might add, “only if it’s done right.” 

For close to thirty years, these Australian hard-rock hooligans have been spreading their gospel of cigarette smoke, drunken debauchery and power chords with such skill and exuberance that one enraptured critic was moved to proclaim them “the Coleridges of cock rock, the Tennysons of testosterone, the Shakespeares of salacious, schoolboy smut.” 

While AC/DC might be surprised to find themselves in such rarefied company, the composers of “Big Balls,” “Hard as a Rock” and “Let Me Put My Love Into You” clearly understand as well as anyone the primal truths that lie at the heart of great poetry.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2003
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AC/DC is the ultimate middle finger aimed at the establishment.

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)






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