AC/DC: Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be by Mick WallMick 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.
Black Star, Crescent Moon: an Evening with Sohail Daulatzai
Symbols of Islam
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 ;  In numismatics in particular, the term crescent and pellet is used in cases where the star is simplified to a single dot.
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. As generations passed by, Muslim leaders continued to use a simple black, white or green flag with no markings, writings or symbolism of any kind on it.
Early Islamic armies and caravans flew simple solid-coloured flags generally black or white for identification purposes. In later generations, the Muslim leaders continued to use a simple black, white, or green flag with no markings, writings, or symbolism on it. Muhammad used flags of different colours in different Ghazwat or campaigns commanded by Muhammad himself and Saraya or campaigns commanded by Sahabah , the companions of Muhammad. Its name and the colour was derived from the flag of the Quraysh , one of the tribes of Arabia , whose flag was black with an eagle and was also known as "the Eagle". These four Pan-Arab colours , white, black, green and red, dominate the flags of Arab states. The colour brown is often believed to symbolize purity and peace. Many Muslims wear the colour white when they attend Friday prayers.