Australian heavy-metal band AC/DC features knickers-
clad guitarist Angus Young, who became as famous for
mooning audiences regularly as for his gritty blues-based
lead guitar, and songs about sex, drinking, and damnation. 
Their raucous image, constant touring, and raw, juvenile 
yet amusing lyrics in songs like "Big Balls" and "The Jack" 
helped make them one of the top hard-rock bands of the 
Eighties and Nineties. The group has remained a top 
concert draw, and its albums consistently go platinum 
despite its never having had a Top 20 single in the U.S.

Formed 1973, Sydney, Australia the 
group answers question from the Press
The Young brothers moved with their family from
Scotland to Sydney in 1963. In 1973 they formed the
first version of AC/DC with Bon Scott. After a year of
working with temporary bassists and drummers they
settled on drummer Philip Rudd and bassist Mark
Evans in 1974. Their first four albums were produced
by ex-Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young,
Angus’ older brother. The group had gained a solid
reputation in their homeland early on, but it wasn’t
until 1979 with the platinum Highway to Hell
(#17,1979) that they became a presence on the
American charts.

Within months of AC/DC’s American success,
vocalist Scott died from choking on his own vomit
after an all-night drinking binge. Two months later he
was replaced by ex-Geordie vocalist Brian Johnson,
and less than four months after that, Back in Black
began a year-long run on the U.S. chart, peaking at
#4 (1980), selling over 10 million copies, and
featuring the double-entendre-ridden "You Shook Me
All Night Long." Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, a
1981 reissue of a 1976 Australian LP, went to #3 in
the US, followed by For Those About to Rock We
Salute You, the group’s first and, to date, only U.S.
#1 LP, in late 1981.

John Henn from CineView Films shoots AC/DC


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