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The history of AC/DC: Angus and Malcolm young´s hard rock from Australia

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The history of AC/DC: a summary

AC/DC started in 1973 in Australia, by guitarists Angus Young and Malcolm Young, who were joined by a series of itinerant musicians, recorded a demo to establish the stable line-up. They accomplished that by 1974, with the addition of Bon Scott on vocals, Mark Evans on bass, and Phil Rudd on drums.

In 1975 they recorded their debut album, High Voltage, which was only released in Australia at that time. Towards the end of that same year they published TNT.

Since 1976 they began to release albums internationally, with a reissue of High Voltage that serves as a compendium between the first two albums. That same year they released Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and in 1977 Let there be Rock. In 1978 bassist Mark Evans was fired because he did not fully engage with what the Young brothers wanted. His replacement was Cliff Williams.

1978 was the year of Powerage and in 1979 they released the legendary Highway to Hell, with which they achieved their first great record success.

On February 19, 1980, vocalist Bon Scott died of an accident caused by his alcoholism. The band decided to continue with a new singer: Brian Johnson. As a result, that same year, 1980, they released one of their most acclaimed albums: Back in Black..

They followed in 1981 For Those About to Rock (We salute you) and in 1983 Flick of the Switch. Then drummer Phil Rudd left the band and was replaced by Simon Wright. With him they recorded two albums: Fly on the Wall (1986) and Blow up your Video (1988). For 1989 the drummer was Chris Slade, with whom they recorded the following year the renowned The Razor’s Edge (1990).

In 1995, with Phil Rudd again on drums, AC/DC released Ballbreaker. They were followed by Stiff Upper Lip (2000) and Black Ice (2008).

By 2014 Malcolm Young’s deteriorating health forced him to leave the band. His replacement was Stevie Young, who participated in the recording that year of the album Rock or Bust.

On November 18, 2017, Malcolm Young finally passed away. In 2018 the band was still active on tour but with problems in its formation. Chris Slade replaced Phil Rudd and even Axl Rose had to be drafted to replace Brian Johnson, absent due to health problems. By that time also Cliff Williams had decided that this would be his last participation in the band.

Anyway, the lineup with Angus Young, Stevie Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd went one step further. AC/DC confirmed in 2018 that they were working on the last album, which was released in 2020, with guitar riffs that Malcolm and Angus had been working on: the latest AC/DC album is Power Up.

AC/DC discography

We list below only AC/DC’s studio discography. Since 1976 all his albums have been released internationally, but Australian editions often differ from those of other countries in cover art and playlist.

  • 1975: High Voltage (Australia)
  • 1975: TNT (Australia)
  • 1976: High Voltage (internacional)
  • 1976: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  • 1977: Let There be Rock
  • 1978: Powerage
  • 1979: Highway to Hell
  • 1980: Back in Black
  • 1981: For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
  • 1983: Flick of the Switch
  • 1985: Fly on the Wall
  • 1988: Blow up your Video
  • 1990: The Razor´sEdge
  • 1995: Ballbreaker
  • 2000: Stiff Upper Lip
  • 2008: Black Ice
  • 2014: Rock or Bust
  • 2020: Power Up

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