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Personalities of the Year - Access Magazine

Rock and roll is about spirit as much as music. Not all the people we haved named as 1997's Personalities of the Year are musicians, but they have all contributed in their own ways to instilling our everyday lives with the sex, soul and boundless energy which is rock and roll.

1. Bran Van 3000

2. Jakob Dylan/Wallflowers

3. Hanson

Three tweenies from Tulsa, Oklahoma - Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson - led a rebirth of kiddie rock in '97 which also saw the likes of Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, silverchair and Aqua take aim at the prepubescent set. The infectious appeal of 'Mmmbop' notwithstanding, it was the maturity of their songwriting and a top-notch production job by The Dust Brothers on Middle of Nowhere which gave the album deserved credibility. KS

4. I Mother Earth

5. Elton John

6. Marilyn Manson