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I’ve always been a big fan of AC/DC, but then a lot of us are.  AC/DC is the second-best-selling popular music act of all time, behind only The Beatles, with over 200 million albums sold worldwide.  Their album “Back in Black” is the second best-selling album of all time behind only Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” with over 49 million copies sold, and their latest album “Black Ice” debuted at #1 in 29 countries despite the fact that it was only available in Walmart, Sam’s Club, and via the band’s website.

The second-best tag however, also seems to apply to how critics have treated the band over the years, slagging them off as second-rate and boorish.  So why does AC/DC matter?  Well, we sat down to talk with former Rolling Stone writer and NY Times bestselling author Anthony Bozza to set the record straight and get the inside scoop on his new book “Why AC/DC Matters.”


Wanna win a copy of “Why AC/DC Matters”?  Well here’s how you can.  Answer the two trivia questions below (hint: you gotta listen to the interview above) and email the answers to customerservice at figment.cc and then leave why YOU think AC/DC matters below as a comment.  The person with the right answers to the trivia questions and the best reason will win a copy of Anthony’s new book (courtesy of William Morrow), a Figment t-shirt and 250 pieces of lucre!  Please note that you must be a registered Figment member to enter! If you’re not a registered Figment member please create an account by clicking here.  There is no cost involved with this contest and the winner will be chosen at the discretion of the Figment News editorial staff on October 30, 2009.

Question #1:  What was the first rock band that Bonn Scott was ever in?

Question #2:  What genre did Anthony Bozza invent with his friend?

Anthony Bozza helmed Rolling Stone’s Random Notes column for two years, and penned cover stories and features on artists ranging from Trent Reznor to Jennifer Lopez to Ozzy Osbourne and Bo Diddley.  In addition, Anthony co-authored the NY Times #1 Bestseller “Too Fat to Fish” with comedian Artie Lange as well as bestsellers “Whatever You Say I Am:  The Life and Times of Eminem”, “Tommyland”, the autobiography of Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, and “Slash”, the autobiography of Guns N’ Roses’ and Velvet Revolver’s legendary guitarist.  If you’d like to find out more about Anthony and tell him why you think AC/DC matters – check out his website.


4 Responses to “Why Does AC/DC Matter? Find Out & Win The Book!”

  1. theHoseman Says:

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    I rather liked Anthony’s answer of “because they do” but…I was lucky enough to grow up during the AC/DC hey day so most of their songs are pretty intrinsic to my memories of being a kid (and on through High School) Yeah, it may be simple structurally, but it Rocked! Plain and simple.
    That’s maybe a cop out answer, but it hits the nail on the head for me.

  2. Javdoc Says:

    My favorite band will always be Led Zeppelin, but if I had to pick the ultimate rock band of all time, it would hands-down be AC/DC [who I do love as well]. Really, I think AC/DC captures the essence of what rock n’ roll is all about: they aren’t pretentious, they just play hard and loud. They don’t screw around with funky tunings or even use complex chords, they don’t even use any effects [Angus’ signal path is fingers->SG->cord->Marshall], and they just want to go out and have a good time. If there’s any doubt AC/DC matters, just go to a club or party and put on “You Shook Me All Night Long” – will anyone NOT get into it and sing along? Case closed.

  3. Phallic Acid Says:

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    Bozza’s answer of “because they do” only says so much. I grew up during probably the most appalling thing ever: GRUNGE. When I grew up, groups like Barenaked Ladies, Nirvana, Hootie and the Blowfish, Pearl Jam, and Alanis Morissette ruled the airwaves. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of that stuff, but … it lacked something very, very crucial to the heart and soul of human nature. AC/DC matters because they write songs that go a little beyond the superficial nature of rock ‘n roll. Sure, some of the songs were far from appropriate, but that was part of the point. AC/DC was the voice of everybody. If you were growing up, you could associate to some AC/DC songs, you could relate to it. I have quoted “If You Want Blood” numerous times. Who hasn’t head-banged to “TNT”, who hasn’t growled to “Dirty Deeds”… who hasn’t fist-pumped in someone’s face that thought they’d gotten rid of you for good, and shouted “BACK IN BLACK! I HIT THE SACK! I’LL HAVE YOU KNOW IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK! YES I’M, LET LOOSE, FROM THE NOOSE THAT’S KEPT ME HANGIN’ AROUND!”? Who hasn’t been on the Highway to Hell, who hasn’t had a Flick of the Switch? We’ve all been the Fly on the Wall. AC/DC’s songs are iconic. Memorable. Ingrain themselves on your brain and never go away. There’s a certain magic to AC/DC that can’t really be explained. AC/DC matters for a lot of reasons. AC/DC matters because anybody can find a voice in their catalog. AC/DC matters because their simple, driving songs give hopes to budding musicians everywhere that even if you can’t build on complex chords and sweep-pick and do crazy EVH stuff, you can still make it big, and you can still sound just as hard and heavy as anyone. AC/DC matters because their songs have not failed, for 30 years, to bring people together to appreciate music and to really just blow off some steam. Maybe most important of all…

    AC/DC matters because without AC/DC, the world does not have rock ‘n’ roll as we know it today. Without AC/DC, that Rock of Gibraltar (get it?), we do not have the basis for some of the most classic songs ever created… and we don’t have the foundation for most rock heard today.

  4. Eric Says:

    Congratulations to Javdoc who was picked as the winner in our “Why AC/DC Matters” contest! The book is on it’s way javdoc!

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