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AC/DC was formed in 1973 in Sydney, Australia by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. The Young brothers quickly created a dynamic sound and developed a bold image. With Angus often wearing a school boy uniform on stage, he looked like he was more ready to pour over some middle school lesson plans instead of play lead guitar for a band. Yet the look complemented the band well and was a visual representation captured by a New York wedding photographer of the angst ridden youth that loved their music.The band have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, and their 1980 album ‘Back In Black’ is the second-highest selling album of all time with 45 million copies sold to date, 22 million of which were bought in the US. MTV ranked AC/DC as the 7th “Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time” in 2004 and Rolling Stone magazine ranked the band 72nd in the list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. In the same year, VH1’s list ranked AC/DC 4th on its list of "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

Between the band’s formation and the release of their first album, ‘High Voltage’, in 1975, AC/DC went through several line-up alterations, with original singer Dave Evans replaced by Bon Scott and a multitude of different bassists and drummers passing through. The band then remained unchanged until 1977, when bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams, apparently due to conflict with Angus Young. Evans is quoted as saying at the time: “Both me and the band are better for it”. The seven-times-platinum album ‘Highway to Hell’ was recorded in 1979. A year later, singer Bon Scott died after a heavy drinking session at the Music Machine club in London. Brian Johnson was brought in to replace Scott, and the band completed their next album, ‘Back In Black’, using Johnson’s vocals. 

AC/DC next release, ‘For Those About to Rock We Salute You’, became a huge success, reaching top spot on the US charts. Drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 after a fight with Angus Young, and the band’s popularity began to decline. Ex-Dio drummer Simon Wright filled the vacant drummer’s stool until he was replaced by Chris Slade in 1989. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 and contributed for the release of ‘Ballbreaker’ in 1995. With the early 80s line up back together, their popularity grew once again.


They released 'Stiff Upper Lip' in 2000 and it was produced by Angus and Malcolm's brother George. The album was a commercial success and after a world wide tour, they got their rewards as they signed a long term, multi album deal with Sony in 2002. A year later they were inducted in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.

Their latest studio album, ‘Black Ice’, was released in October 2008. 'Black Ice' featured the singles 'Rock N Roll Train', 'Big Jack', 'Anything Goes' and 'Money Made'. At the beginning of 2010, it was announced that AC/DC would be releasing a compilation album featuring their greatest hits for the film Iron Man 2. They headlined Download Festival in June 2010 and incredibly performed on their own stage which was only to be used by them and no one else. If thats not rock n roll, I don't know what is.

Source: Joan Goldsworthy

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