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AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock” Was Inspired by an English Poet

AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” was released as a single on March 22nd, 1982 . . . which means that as of yesterday, it’s 40 years old.

So here’s a quick nugget of knowledge for your noggin’:  The song was inspired by an ENGLISH POET.

In an interview last year, ANGUS YOUNG said, quote, “There was a writer, Robert Graves I believe his name was.  I think he had a book out or a story and it was, ‘For those about to die,’ and he went into a day in the Coliseum.

“And this is this thing the gladiators did, and I thought, ‘Hey, that might fit.'”

It’s not clear what specific work inspire Angus.  But Graves did do a translation of The Twelve Caesars, which is a 2,000-year-old biography on the first emperors of Rome.

It contains the line, “Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you.”


(Ultimate Classic Rock)

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