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The 10 AC/DC Songs That Are More Important Than You Think

In the wake of Malcolm Young's passing, Jesse Fink, author of The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, offers up his top 10 AC/DC songs, each seasoned with a dash of backstory.

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The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC: Riff Raff

Powerage is regarded by aficionados, including Keith Richards and Gene Simmons, as the band's finest album. But its commercial failure had major repercussions behind the scenes.

Jesse Fink
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AC/DC: Live at River Plate

There are never any surprises with an AC/DC album, live or otherwise. Stripped-back, belting hard rock is what you'd expect, and that's exactly what you get on Live at River Plate.

Music

Counterbalance No. 95: AC/DC's 'Back in Black'

The 95th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time has nine lives, cat's eyes, using every one of them and running wild. Counterbalance checks to see whether AC/DC's 1980 breakthrough ain't noise pollution after all.

Books

Mislead by Rock 'n' Roll: Brian Johnson's 'Rockers and Rollers'

I realize Brian Johnson is not a writer: his book got published because he’s AC/DC’s lead singer.

Music

Cock Roaches and Keith Richards: How Do Some Bands Seem to Last Forever?

The Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Metallica and other rock groups have been around for decades. What are the keys to their longevity?

Music

Hellsongs: Long Live Lounge

Swedish lounge masters deftly transform metal masterpieces into pop standards.

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Captain America and a Past That Must Linger Still

Despite the dark times that birthed the original Captain America #1, there was a hopefulness to the character. Writer Ed Brubaker however offers a Cap worn down by personal history. Or is that the point?

Music

Waxing Nostalgic: The Mantras of the Music Geek

Four music geeks reunite to reminisce over their college days in the late '80s. Bold mantras about what's wrong with today's music ensue.

Music

AC/DC’s Anti-iTunes Stance and the Cult of the Album

While AC/DC's still-standing refusal to make its music available on iTunes is rooted in the widely-held view of the album as a complete work, it’s important to acknowledge that LPs really aren’t the immutable documents we tend to think of them as.

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Bullet: Highway Pirates

The Swedish band's third album swipes early '80s hard rock/metal clichés and runs absolutely wild with them.

Music

Santana and Various Artists: Guitar Heaven

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time comes off as a celebrity version of American Idol.

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AC/DC - Backtracks

AC/DC - Backtracks (Deluxe Collector's Edition) - Legacy [$239.00]

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AC/DC

The band has found itself at that precarious past-meets-present junction; lesser artists invariably show their age and labor through as nostalgia acts, but not AC/DC.

Adam Williams
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AC/DC: Black Ice

By virtue of their longevity and consistency, AC/DC has become a hard-rock version of comfort food.

Steve Shymanik
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AC/DC: Plug Me In [DVD]

Fortunately, AC/DC came during the era of video technology, so even if they don’t hit the road again, they will be remembered, as they should be, on this new two-disc anthology.

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AC/DC: A Classic Album Under Review - Back In Black [DVD]

An enjoyable and often times fascinating re-visitation of one of music's most important albums.

Adam Williams
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