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Long Way To The Top was an Australian Broadcasting Corporationmarker (ABC) documentary on the history of Australian rock and roll from 1956 to the modern era. It took its name from the AC/DC song "It's a Long Way to the Top " originally released in 1975. The original series was received well for the ABC when shown in 2001: a national concert tour in 2002 followed.

Episode list

1. "Bed of a Thousand Struggles 1956-1964"

2. "Ten Pound Rocker 1963-1968"

3. "Billy Killed the Fish 1968-1973"

4. "Berserk Warriors 1973-1981"

5. "INXS to Exile 1976-1988"

6. "Gathering of the Tribes 1984-2000"


In 2002, promoters Michael Chugg and Kevin Jacobsen decided to build on the popularity of the show by sending a package tour of artists featured in the program on a national concert tour of Australia. Jacobsen's brother Col Joye was on the Long Way To The Top tour as well as Little Pattie, The Masters Apprentices, Stevie Wright, Daddy Cool, Normie Rowe, the Atlantics, John Paul Young, Dinah Lee and Marcia Hines. The tour proved to be successful taking receipts of $10 million with a budget of $4.5 millionBillboard 10 May 2002, Vol. 114 Issue 40, p20. The ABC broadcast highlights of the tour on 1 December 2002 and subsequently CD & DVD packages went on sale.

The concert tour was a unique event as that lineup had not toured together before and would not tour again. Ross Wilson said: "It was personally a buzz for me, meeting up with some of those '50s guys like Col Joye. Backstage everyone knew they were part of something momentous, because that entire lineup would never come together again. I think the audience got that vibe, too." .


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