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The New Issue of Rolling Stone: AC/DC

October 29, 2008 9:40 AM ET

Just in time for their new album Black Ice to top the charts in over two dozen countries, AC/DC grace the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone. Click below to read an excerpt from the cover story, as well as see behind the scenes video from the cover shoot and a gallery of the band through the years — from their bar-band beginnings to stadium-sized icons.

Cover Story: AC/DC and the Gospel of Rock & Roll
Photo Gallery: AC/DC Through the Years
Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes at AC/DC's Rolling Stone Cover Shoot

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

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