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In AC/DC, the DNA of the Castelli Romani with Brian Johnson

Are you familiar with rock, spanning from blues-rock to hard rock? That music, sometimes poignant, sometimes more impactful with guitar riffs and solid drums, conveys messages of damnation, despair, and dejection. With lyrics that can be described as somewhat dark, violent, and disarming? Well, here are some examples: “Hell ain’t a bad place to be.”; “My baby’s gone and left me / She’s gone and left me, how will I ever stop her?” “If you want blood, you got it / Blood on the streets, blood on the rocks, blood in the gutters.” Are you starting to get into the mood of this post. And understand the mystery of the DNA of the Castelli Romani mentioned in the title?

Let’s take a leap to Australia

Alright, now, imagine a sweeping wave of this music originating from Australia in the early 1970s. It travels around the world and has become famous for over forty years, even here with us. The authors of this global success are the members who have succeeded each other over time in the band AC/DC. A musical ensemble founded by two of the eight Young brothers, a family of immigrants who arrived in Australia in the 1960s.

So, if you’ve imagined this so far, let’s now talk about the band’s third singer, enlisted in 1980 after the violent death of the previous one. We’re talking about Brian Johnson, who has English and Italian origins (see video on YT): his father, Alan, was a sergeant major in the British Army. His mother, Ester De Luca, from Frascati and living near Rocca di Papa, was a partisan. She helped the Allies in Italy during the last World War, hiding some soldiers in the family farm.

Brian is proud of his origins: there is DNA of the Castelli Romani in AC/DC

In conclusion, from now on, when you listen to the poignant music of AC/DC, you can’t help but think that in the heart of lead vocalist Brian Johnson flows half the blood from the land of the most romantic and seductive stornelli. Stornelli often inspired by the good wine of the zone. There remains a curiosity: what lullabies did Mama Ester sing to the future rockstar? Surely something that entered the bloodstream of the international band with the DNA of the Castelli Romani.

 Edited by the NETWORK | text Andrea Franchini 
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