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Photo assistants: Jason Griego and Matthew Lemke. Styling: Amy Maner. Hair and makeup: Meredith Johns. Locations: Hilton Austin, the Continental Club and Maggie Mae’s. Thanks to this year’s sponsors: Hilton HHonors, Hilton Caribbean, American Airlines AAdvantage, Bose and Verizon.


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Special Feature Video: Behind the Scenes - Road Warrior 2009

Go behind the scenes with our 2009 Road Warrior winners as they portray their rock idols in the legendary rock town of Austin, Texas.

First, we challenged them to write adventure essays using an album by their favorite band (well, specifically, we told them to use the band name, the album name and all the song titles on the album — but who’s being picky?). Then, after we narrowed it down to five finalists, you voted for your favorite. After that? The winners partied like the rock stars they are at the Hilton in Austin, Texas. Like any good roadie, though, we know when not to kiss and tell. Suffice it to say, good times were had by all, and any evidence of trashed hotel rooms was properly disposed of. Here are American Way’s eighth annual Road Warrior winners in all their rock-star glory. Photographs by Randal Ford.