Personalities | AC/DC | Seventies | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1973–present)

A hard-rocking quintet whose no frills approach garnered them a huge following, AC/DC were formed in Sydney in 1973 by expatriate Scottish brothers Angus and Malcolm Young (both guitar). Bon Scott became lead singer in 1974.

After two Antipodes-only albums, the band moved to America where their fifth album for Atlantic Records, Highway To Hell (1979), produced by Mutt Lange, established them in the big league, selling over six million copies. Its title track became a rock radio anthem.

The hard-living Scott died from alcoholic poisoning in London in February 1980 and was replaced by former Geordie singer Brian Johnson. The transition was seamless; AC/DC’s first album with Johnson Back In Black (1980) provided their only UK No. 1. With a revolving cast of drummers and bassists, AC/DC have stuck to a winning formula, eschewing the vagaries of fashion in favour of direct, audience-pleasing rock’n’roll.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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