AC/DC added to the National Registry of Recorded Sound

Posted on 29 Aug 2012

AC/DC's iconic song 'It's A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" has been immortalised with its inclusion into the National Film and Sound Archive's National Registry of Recorded Sound. 

The Registry is a selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia. The 2012 additions were announced today by the Minister for the Arts, The Hon. Simon Crean MP.

T.N.T. was the second studio album from AC/DC and defined their style of hard edged, riff based rock music. The first track on the LP, It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) has become an anthem of this genre of music, and the phrase has become part of the Australian language. It is also notable for the use of highland bagpipes in rock music. T.N.T. was an Australian-only release with most of the tracks being released overseas on High Voltage which included a slightly shorter version of It’s a Long Way to the Top.

Other new additions include Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s 1988 album Tender Prey; the radio serials created by Grace Gibson Productions between 1947 and 1970; a radio documentary made by ABC journalist Tim Bowden in Da Nang, Vietnam during the war; rare Australian recordings by Hawaiian musicians David and Queenie Kaili; and a 1972 record by Barry Humphries and Dick Bentley, which also contains a B-side song by Edna Everage, True British Spunk (publisher Origin/Alberts) 

The Registry was established in 2007. Each year the Australian public nominates new recorded sounds to be added, with final selections determined by a panel of industry experts. The sounds can contain music, spoken word and any other kind of sound, and must be more than ten-years old.

For more information, visit the NFSA site


  • It's a Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N' Roll)

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