For Those About to Rock?

In 1981 AC/DC released For Those About To Rock (We Salute You). While no one would ever describe AC/DC as “thought provoking,” the title of that album has always vexed me. I don’t really know what it means to “rock.” If I called you on the phone and asked what you were doing, and you replied, “I’m about to rock,” what exactly are you about to do? Seriously, I have no idea. Also, the word “about” in the title implies some strange forethought, like it’s the next thing on your to-do list.

  1. Fold Laundry
  2. Balance Checkbook
  3. Set DVR To Record Sharknado 2
  4. Rock

Also, I’m confused by the sense of pride and honor that apparently accompanies my intention to rock. Is my plan to rock really salute-worthy? What if I intend to rock, but I intend to do so while listening to Rick Springfield? Will AC/DC still salute me? Is their salute solely contingent upon the presence of AC/DC music? Will Rick Springfield salute me? Clearly there are more questions than answers here.

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