Music It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) AC/DC (clip - 1975)
Sounding like both a warning and a victory cry, the first single from AC/DC's second album gave the band the opportunity to leave Sydney and head to Melbourne. Where the Young brothers, Bon Scott, Mark Evans and Phil Rudd filmed a video that was to leave its mark and give birth to the ACDC Lane.
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“When I’m on stage the savage in me is released. It’s like going back to being a cave man. It takes me six hours to come down after a show.”

Angus Young, AC/DC guitarist

It’s a Long Way to the Top tells the story of all the hardships endured by a rock band and reminds us that in this world, things of value are earned through hard work. Recorded at Albert Studios and released on December 8, 1975, the song was filmed in Melbourne.

Invited by the television show Countdown, the musicians took advantage of the opportunity to film this beautiful promotional object, which has proved to be very persistent, remaining unaffected by fashion and the passage of time. When they arrive in Melbourne, Angus and his brother Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Phil Rudd and Mark Evans are sitting on the trailer of a truck. Bon Scott appears with a bagpipe in hand. After all, before joining AC/DC, the singer was in a band that used this instrument. It was because of this that the band’s producer, a certain George Young, Angus and Malcolm’s older brother, suggested that he play the instrument a little on It’s a Long Way to the Top.

The problem is that in the bagpipe band in question, Bon Scott was actually the drummer. But in the end, nothing is impossible, the singer practices and manages to play his instrument without too much trouble. Including on this trailer, in the middle of Melbourne’s city centre, when AC/DC marches down Swanston Street to an enthusiastic crowd.

Directed by Paul Drane, the clip helps to establish the image of a combo ready to take the world by the throat. In the midst of conquering crowds, AC/DC seems unstoppable. Later, It’s a Long Way to the Top is listed as one of the best Australian songs of all time and is also included in the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia. Pat Boone, the Dropkick Murphys, Billy Corgan and Motörhead have all made it their own, making it a cult song. In 2003, Jack Black, accompanied by a band formed by children, proposed a cover for the needs of the film Rock Academy; one year before the inauguration in Melbourne of the ACDC Lane, not far from the place where the video of the song was shot.


AC/DC recorded with Bon Scott, its first singer, eight albums between 1975 and 1979.


The pride of Australia, AC/DC even had its own street, like the Ramones in New York. ACDC Lane, one of the most rock and roll streets in the world!

On October 1, 2004, 31 years after the band’s debut, the city of Melbourne renamed Corporation Lane to ACDC Lane. The slash separating AC and DC disappeared due to a local law prohibitin... Learn more about ACDC Lane

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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