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AC/DC: Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be by Mick Wall

Mick Wall penetrates the closed world of Aussie rock legends AC/DC.

AC/DC moved to Britain from Sydney in 1975 and soon set up a residency at Londons Marquee Club. Their short hair (including the odd mullet), loud rock and attitude chimed well with the lingering pub rock and soon-to-be punk crowd.

They werent really a band for guitar solos and singer Bon Scott was the original bike-riding, speed-snorting, fighting man. An ex-convict, he lived life fast and short; he died in February 1980, just before Back in Black, their huge-selling album, took off and the second period of AC/DC (with Brian Johnson as lead vocalist) was ushered in. Back in Black has gone on to sell 45 million copies worldwide and as the band have become a global phenomenon so their reclusiveness has increased.

Mick Wall, the don of heavy metal writing, seeks to penetrate the wall around the Young brothers and write the first authoritative, in-depth critcal account of AC/DC.
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Encyclopedia of Islam ( edition, s.v. "Moon") states that "in the language of conventional symbols, the crescent and star.
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Star and crescent

The use of these symbols pre-dated Islam by a thousand years. Although information about the origin of the crescent moon and star are still not clear but it Is predicted that this ancient symbol was used by people of central Asia and Siberia in worship of their Gods mostly of the sun, moon and sky. Actually, some historical text represent the Carthaginian goddess Tanit or Greek goddess Diana with a crescent moon. Constantinople and Istanbul former Byzantium used the symbol of the crescent moon in honour of the goddess Diana. The early Muslim community was never documented to really have an acknowledged symbol.

The star and crescent is an iconographic symbol used in various historical contexts, but is most well known as a symbol of the Ottoman Empire. It is often considered as a symbol of Islam by extension, but this notion is denied as the religion bears no symbol. It is the conjoined representation of a crescent and a star , both of which constituent elements have a long prior history in the iconography of the Ancient Near East as representing either the Sun and Moon or the Moon and Morning Star or their divine personifications. Coins with crescent and star symbols represented separately have a longer history, with possible ties to older Mesopotamian iconography. The star, or Sun, is often shown within the arc of the crescent also called star in crescent , or star within crescent , for disambiguation of depictions of a star and a crescent side by side ; [1] In numismatics in particular, the term crescent and pellet is used in cases where the star is simplified to a single dot.

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Q: So, I know that the crescent moon is the symbol of Islam and is featured on the flags of a bunch of countries. But why? How did that symbol come to represent Islam? A: Just as the cross is the internationally-recognized symbol of Christianity, and the Star of David tied to Judaism, the crescent moon is the accepted symbol of Islam and the dominating symbol of many Muslim countries. It adorns flags, mosques, and is even used on some product advertisements.


  1. Donat L. says:

    The crescent moon symbol of Islam dates back to Byzantium

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  5. Jessie H. says:

    The Crescent moon was originally the symbol of Hubal , the moon god worshiped by Pagans at the Ka'aba.

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