"Let There Be Rock" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the third and title track of their album Let There Be Rock, released in March 1977, and was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott.
It was also released as a single, with a B-side of "Problem Child", in 1977.
"Let There Be Rock" is an allusion to the birth of rock 'n' roll. The genre developed from boogie woogie; the first rock 'n' roll song is generally acknowledged to be "Rocket 88", to which Ike Turner was a very unlikely contributor considering the way his music was to develop, but then the two men who gave rock 'n' roll to the world in the first instance were if anything even more unlikely.
There was the white man - who had performed as Yodelling Bill Haley - and the black man, an ex-jailbird and qualified beautician named Chuck Berry. Both Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" and Berry's "Maybellene" were released in 1955, and as they say, the rest is history.
In the beginning Back in nineteen fifty-five Man didn't know about a rock 'n' roll show And all that jive The white man had the smoltz
The black man had the blues
No one knew what they was gonna do
But Tchaikovsky had the news
Let there be sound There was sound Let there be light There was light Let there be drums There was drums Let there be guitar
There was guitar
Oh, Let there be rock
And it came to pass That rock 'n' roll was born All across the land every rockin' band Was blowing up a storm And the guitar man got famous
The businessman got rich
And in every bar there was a super star With a seven year itch There were fifteen million fingers Learning how to play And you could hear the fingers picking And this is what they had to say Let there be light Sound
Let there be rock
One night in a club called "The Shaking Hand" There was a ninety-two decibel rocking band And the music was good and the music was loud And the singer turned and he said to the crowd - Let there be rock
Songwriters: Ronald Belford Scott / Angus Mckinnon Young / Malcolm Mitchell Young
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