It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll

For those who know me, you won’t be surprised at me listening to AC/DC at any hour of the day or night. In previous blogs I’ve extolled the virtues of Metallica and Soundgarden as audible writing companions, and today I found another, while scrolling through my iTunes library. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved AC/DC since I was a nipper, and enlisted the timeless help of Hell’s Bells and Back in Black to get inspiration for the bad characters in my books. But the track Its A Long Way…? It’s perhaps my fav AC/DC track of all time, it just always struck me as being not quite dark enough. But how wrong I was proven. It has that classic raw edge and the fantastic, gritty vocals of Bon Scott (RIP) to give it an urban streetwise feel. And bagpipes too. All in all a rythmn that suits tapping away at the keyboard. And though they are the biggest and most successful rock act ever to come out of Australia, this song tells of the woes of the early days, of gigging on the road, of the endless travel, of getting ripped off by managers and promoters. It is a hell of a long way to the top, but boy did they make it. They wanted it so very much, failure was not an option, and an unbending streetwise desire saw them over the line. Bon, Angus, Malcolm, Phil and Cliff, thank you for the music and endless inspiration. Now, how about I write a mopre personalised version – Its a long way to the top if you wanna write a book? Think its got legs? Adios for now.

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