AC/DC









AC/DC

AC/DC

was formed in Sidney, Australia in 1973. There were two brothers who started the band. They were Angus and Malcolm Young. They were one of the bands who were pioneers of the heavy metal music. Led Zeplin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath were some of the others who played heavy metal music in that same time frame. The music was very hard for some to listen to but others really appreciated it. A lot of parents cringed when their kids began listening to this type of music and it was very hard on the ears when it was turned up loud. AC/DC released their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Then in 1979 they recorded their very successful album, Highway To Hell. The band had a few member change before the release of this album. The bass player Cliff Williams was replaced with Mark Evans in 1977. In 1980 the lead singer and co-songwriter, Bon Scott died and was later replaced with singer Brian Johnson. Later in 1980 their biggest selling album, Back In Black, was released.

The group has sold an estimated 150 million albums around the world and 68 million of them were sold in the United States. Back In Black sold about 42 million in the world. This made the album the 5th highest selling album in the United states. The group is listed as 4th in the list of the top 100 greatest artists in hard rock. The group also sang hard rock, blues rock, and rock and roll. They have recorded on the labels, Albert, Atlantic, Epic, EMI, Eastwest, Elektra, and ATCO. The members they have had over the period of their singing career are Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, Bon Scott, Simon Wright, Chris Slade, Mark and Dave Evans. AC/DCís first contact with the United states was through the Michigan radio station AM 600 WTAC in 1977. The station manager, Peter Cavanaugh booked them to play at the Flints Capitol Theater. They were identified with the punk rock movement by the British press. They survived the era and kept a cult following in the UK through all of this time span. The hard rock and punk rock was considered by some as the music associated with drinking and drugs. The music was so distorted it was obnoxious to some and the words to the songs were very hard to understand and were also vulgar in some cases. It was the type of music that people did not want their teens listening to. It was thought to be very disturbing and parents felt that it would mess up their childís brain.