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Bon Scott[edit]

I'm sorry, but it seems bad form to drop a name - Bon Scott - without any follow up. Who the hell is he?

-You're commenting on a page related to AC/DC, and you don't who Bon Scott was? He was the singer for all of their albums until 1980, when he died. They're 2nd-best-selling album, Highway to Hell was recorded with him.

Clydebank[edit]

I thought they were born in Clydebank, not Glasgow?

It may not be be far but it is important to us.

Angus' DOB 1955?[edit]

I have come across what appears to be the most compelling evidence supporting Angus' year of birth as 1955. The AC/DC fan site Crabsody In Blue, has actually posted an extract of his birth certificate (as well as those for the other members of the present AC/DC line-up, and the late Bon Scott). This particular document quite clearly states "1955", and not "1959" - to view it, go to http://www.crabsodyinblue.com/acdcbirthcert.htm. User:Sadwings

Read Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott by Clinton Walker, selection The Youngs page 121 and it states Angus in 1974 was 15 not 17.
Clinton Walker has since stated that he made an error regarding Angus' DOB and that the correct date is 1955.--Design 06:24, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Elektra-Asylum records. In 1959, Angus Young, lead guitarist with the heavy metal band AC/DC. http://www.bmusic.com.au/links/whatsnew/newsletters/archives/newsno162.html

Elektra/Asylum Records, demanding to Tony Brock (The Babys) born 1959. Angus Young (AC/DC) born in Glasgow. http://www.rockmine.music.co.uk/Diary/Diary3.html


First of all Angus Young kicks total chickens. Any what, he was in fact born in 1955.(1995? musta been a typo) It is true that he lied about his age to the press to help the image of the band. In fact, there is a magazine in the U.K. that celebrated his 50th birthday in 2005. Although I forget the name of this magazine because I saw it on some foreign website, I am sure you could look it up on Google and find the exact issue under Angus Young 50th birthday.


Sadwings, I have taped Long Way To The Top AC/DC special. Read Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott by Clinton Walker, selection The Youngs page 121 and it states Angus in 1974 was 15 not 17. I was ask by ABC TV to run a music show with Clinton Walker. He wrote a great book on the Saints, Australian first Punk Band, he grew up with the members. Clinton Walker attended AC/DC with the Saints tour in 1973, in other words he nows what his talking about. I did search on net and I found 12 sites stated Angus Young was born in 1959. Check these sites

  • 1. Brainy Encyclopedia

http://www.brainyencyclopedia.com/encyclopedia/a/an/angus_young.html

  • 2. AxeMojo

http://www.axemojo.com/angus_young.htm

  • 3. Xtreme Musician: Angus Young

http://www.xtrememusician.com/info/artists/profiles/146.html

  • 4. Rockweb

http://www.turkku.com/music/musicians_y-z.html

  • 5. Musical Calendar for March 31

http://nfo.net/calendar/mar31.htm

  • 6. Birthday Wishes for Christopher Walken

http://www.ojai.net/swanson/birthday.htm

  • 7. Metal Flakes

http://www.metalflakes.com/nletter/mar2001/newsletter_mar.html

  • 8. alt.rock-n-roll.acdc FAQ

http://www.superseventies.com/faq_acdc.html

  • 9.

http://www.astrotheme.fr/en/celebrites/lune_ascendant_3_6.htm

  • 10. On-This-Day

http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/mar31.htm

  • 11. What happened on March 31st

http://www.electricscotland.com/history/today/0331.htm

  • 12. Angus Young

http://www.chez.com/guitaremag/angusyoung.htm

the list goes on Sad wings

And you think all those websites are correct? The 1959 DOB thing was just told to the media to play more into the Schoolboy Outfit schtick. He was actually born in '55.

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I still dispute the correct date of birth of Angus Young, as per my earlier comment - whilst it has been widely published as 31 March 1959, there is evidence that he was born in 1955. I suggest there needs to be more reseach into this, here is a couple of sources which support this argument.

  • Australian radio station Triple J, did a "J-Files" program on AC/DC back in the year 2000 1 (which I listened to the broadcast the night it went to air) - which included a quiz. One of the questions (mulitple choice) was regarding the age difference between Angus and Bon Scott (who was born in 1946), one of the choices was 13 years (in reference to the 1959 birthdate), but the correct answer was 9 years which supports the 1955 birthdate. Furthermore, the show's presenter Richard Kingsmill stated that he had contacted Albert Productions (of which the Young family are associated with) regarding his DOB, which they confirmed his year of birth to be 1955.
  • I also recall an interview on the Australian edition of 60 Minutes (circa mid 1990s) where Angus stated he was about 17 when AC/DC started. Plausible if you consider (based on this age) he would have been 17 in 1973 up until the 31st of March. Also Angus stated in the same interview that he worked as an apprentice at a printing firm prior to joining AC/DC. I have also seen this publised in other sources, and it seems to indicate he was employed for quite some time before quitting to concentrate on a full-time career with AC/DC (which he did during 1974). It is probably true that he did leave school at age 14 (the legal school leaving age in New South Wales at the time was 14 years 9 months) which many people persueing apprenticeships did in that era, but it was most probably early 1970 rather than during 1973.

I don't recall Angus stating in the documentary "It's A Long Way To The Top" that he was 14 when he joined AC/DC, but not to say that he didn't make this statement. User:Sadwings

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I did more research on Angus Young, in 1976 he was 17 not 21.

  • 1976 - 1959 = 17
  • 1976 - 1955 = 21

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Angus was born on 31 March 1959 and left school at 14. In Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott by Clinton Walker it does stated 14 and was born in 1959 not 1955. I remember watching Countdown Australia in 1974 and stated he was 15 on the show. Also on Long Way To Top interview, Angus did stated he enjoyed AC/DC age 14.

ARIA Hall Of Fame stated he was 14 when he joined AC/DC. Who's Who In Australia has correct information and cannot not publish false information. The artist will tell the manager and it will be pass to Who's Who In Australia.

I found AC/DC: The Definitive History by Malcolm Dome has over 200 pages error, poor grammar. Countdown is not call Aussie Countdown, it should read like this ABC TV Countdown Australia. Also the book says the Youngs arrived to Oz in the 1960s, poor grammar.

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Moving along then.
Firstly, the article lists his DOB as 1959 and then says later that this was a myth perpetuated by the band, his actual DOB being 1955. Which is it?
Other parts are grammatical nightmares ("which was inspired from his idol Chuck Berry"...), misplaced apostrophes and capital letters, run-on sentences. Marking for cleanup. DaveWF 07:30, 23 August 2005 (UTC)
Angus Young's actual DOB is in fact 31 March 1955, and it is true that he has lied about his DOB/age to the press. This is why his birth date is often (erroneously) published as 31 March 1959, just like in the Who's Who in Australia excerpt in this article. User:Sadwings

1955[edit]

The article is right, he was born in '55. They publicy said he was born in 1959 to play more into the schoolboy outfit thing. --TMFSG

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listen to the lyrics of 'Let There be Rock'

In the beginning, back in 1955

I believe it is Angus singing? No doubt talking about his birth

uhh, Angus doesn't doesn't sing at all, except for providing backing vocals on a few songs. He was born in 1955, but they're singing about when rock was invented (the release of "Maybelline" by Chuck Berry, usually called the first real rock song), not Angus's birth. He's not an egomaniac. It was Bon Scott singing

1955 / George Young[edit]

Angus was born in 1955. It's long been established that he lied about his age to start with, for reasons stated elsewhere on this page. Whether it was intentional or not, the claim Angus made to being 17 in 1976 also resulted in many rival guitarists on the Sydney being struck dumb by the fact that they were being outdone by a kid. Also, last year my magazine, Australian Guitar, devoted an issue to Angus' 50th birthday, which I'm not sure we'd have done if we weren't 100% positive we had the digits right. In the mag, Hoodoo Gurus guitarist Brad Shepherd recalls first hearing Angus play as a 14-year-old aspiring guitarist in the mid-'70s: "...he would claim to be 17, and that would f**k with my head. I'd think, 'How am I gonna get that good in three years?'"

And why is there no mention of Angus and Malc's big brother George Young, legendary founder of The Easybeats and, with fellow Easybeat Harry Vanda, one of the most successful songwriter/producers Australia's ever seen?

picture[edit]

I think we need a picture of Angus Young

use this: http://www.thunderstruck.nl/angus.jpg

We've found several pictures to be put on the article. I tried to upload the picture from the website you've posted, but couldn't give any information on who the copyright owner is. We're trying to expand the article, and I think we need more biographical detail, and perhaps a couple more pictures. Ac-dcfreak785, 15:12, 21 May 2006

Hmm...[edit]

Does anyone here know more about Angus Young? Look, we all know that he's a rock star and actin' like lil kid and all, right? But what about his pre-AC/DC history, and what he's currently doing right now with the band? We'd love it if anyone here can add it to his article. Ac-dcfreak785 06:39 07 June 2006

Never mind. I noticed the expansion box had been removed. Looks like we're done. Ac-dcfreak785 06:55 19 June 2006

This page is sad. first of all, angus also dressed in a spiderman outfit in the dave evens days. Also, didn't ACDC technically form in 1972, they played there first concert in 1973 but their was still a band in 1972. also, angus formed a short lived band called Kentucky. he was also said to have started smoking at age 8 (no bs). the first song he wrote was she's got balls. he's played with the rolling stones to. he also worked the printing for a soft core porn magazine before forming his first band. I don't recall if Muddy Waters was cited as one of his major influences. I would start editing this page if it wasn't 11:30pm. If anyone would help expand this sad article, I would be grateful. Captanpluto123 21:34, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

--um Spiderman in Dave Evans era is wrong. He dressed as Spiderman in the Bon Scott Era. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.61.247.31 (talk) 15:08, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

Spasm[edit]

According to the AC/DC biography, "Let There Be Rock; The Story Of AC/DC", that I've just finished, Angus' stage spasm did start on stage in a small Australian club, but he was rolling around in pain, not as a cover-up. Then, George Young told him that it was entertaining to watch and to him to do it every night. '74 Jailbreak 06:00 23 October 2006

Was that not Brian Johnson who was writhing around in pain? HK51 17:10, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

After double checking, I can safely say it was Angus. Shall I change it? '74 Jailbreak

Do you have a source I can see? ĤĶ51Łalk 01:12, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
There are two relevant stories I have read: Bon's band Fraternity supported Brian's band Geordie in the early '70s in the UK and Bon saw Brian writhing in pain on stage singing a Little Richard song. Brian was taken to hospital with appendicitus; the 2nd story is about Angus tripping on stage in '74 or '75 and George Young telling him to make it part of the act and to accentuate it. This became his 'spasm' on the floor. --Design 04:27, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Right, those are two different things. Brian had appendicitus (sp?), Angus tripped over something and decided to make it part of the act

- George Young told Angus that IF he ever tripped on stage he was to make it look like part of the act. Young spinning on his side was never due to pain or an accident - see Mick Wall's Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" where this is covered extensively. Flatoitlikealizarddrinking (talk) 05:56, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

External links=[edit]

The external links ought to conform with the ones on the AC/DC page [[1]] as it has been agreed that Albert's, Epic and Atlantic operate profile pages on the band rather than "Official AC/DC Sites".

For example:

If someone wants to add the RS and MB links in alphabetically as discussed on AC/DC's wiki, by all means but I can't see any worth to them myself. NCC17 16:40, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

I think we should just keep the three profile pages in and leave it at that, there's no need for all the other links when it's just one of the band members, save them for the main article. HK51 16:48, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Fling Thing / Bonny[edit]

I'd like to point out that Fling Thing was originally released as a B-Side track of the "Jailbreak" single, and never released as a standalone song. AC/DC also performs Bonny, which, if listened to right after Fling Thing, is obviously different. What I'm saying is; Bonny and Fling Thing are two different songs. Sure, they slowed it down and took out the intro, but Bonny isn't Fling Thing. '74 Jailbreak 29 October 2006 1:10 EST

super ang?[edit]

when the hell did angus dress like superman, zorro, or a gorrila, in all the articles, never was their mention of angus dressed like that, can someone please give me a source other than wikipedia that says this 24.215.18.230 05:19, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

A quick online search shows this fanzine http://www.kolumbus.fi/nononsense/1973.htm also Zorro suit is in Clinton Walker's book p. 128, also there are photos around the AC/DC fansites online. --Design 09:48, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

I've also seen this stated in an AC/DC DVD-documentary I have. ĤĶ51Łalk 11:04, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
There are plenty of references in the various books to Super Ang, the gorilla and Zorro. All in the early days before he settled on the schoolboy thing. Bretonbanquet 13:37, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
And theres a video also [2] --85.157.130.104 (talk) 09:36, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

School of Rock[edit]

It wasn't mentioned in the trivia section that at the end of the movie "School of Rock" Jack Black was performing in a school boy uniform ala Angus. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 12.167.22.178 (talk) 17:54, 9 January 2007 (UTC).

Number of children vs. number of siblings[edit]

I think I found an error in the first paragraph. I am NOT a native English speaker, so correct me if I am wrong but:

"Angus Young, one of eight children of William and Margaret Young, was born in Glasgow, Scotland and brought up in Sydney, Australia with his older brothers Malcolm, George, Alex, who all became musicians, an elder sister Margaret, and four other siblings. ..........."

Malcolm, George, Alex, elder sister Margaret and four other siblings = 8 siblings

So either William and Margaret had NINE children, or there are only THREE other siblings —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.148.193.2 (talk) 14:07, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Roman Catholic[edit]

Since when is Angus a Roman Catholic? A statement like that needs to be cited. 68.17.182.77 (talk) 05:12, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

I think he is a satanist :--Adam (talk) 07:02, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Duck Walk?[edit]

In the "Stage Antics" section, the last sentence of the first paragraph states: "In some of his concert videos, he would raise his foot and bring it back down to the front of his other foot like a zig-zag on stage while keeping the same rhythm on the guitar as he played." This sounds a lot like the duck walk which is explained in the first sentence of the following paragraph. Anyone else like to comment on this? Also, I personally do not like the description. It doesn't sound very encyclopedic to me. Tsurugi (talk) 07:17, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Influence?[edit]

The influence section is very short for Angus considering he has influenced so many, anyone agree it should be longer?--173.53.72.163 (talk) 20:33, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

Yes, I agree, but the problem is usually finding decent sources and references to back it up, otherwise it just becomes a long list of random artists. Names need to be backed up, for example by interviews in which a guitarist in that band says "Yeah, I was a big fan of Angus Young's, he influenced me" blah blah. Without this, it'll usually get deleted again. Bretonbanquet (talk) 20:40, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

discussion[edit]

I thought angus was 15 when he joined —Preceding unsigned comment added by 166.129.244.183 (talk) 19:31, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Some sources say that, but at the time, the band lied about his age to fit in with the schoolboy thing. He was born in 1955, making him 18 when the band started. Bretonbanquet (talk) 19:38, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Amplifiers[edit]

Angus has been using Wizard amps for years and not the Marshalls that are listed here. http://wizardamplification.com/artists.htm I don't know which models but they have been using them since the early 90's on stage. Theladfromtheeast (talk) 14:11, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Teetotaller[edit]

The claim may be true, but I can't find any mention of teetoalism, alcohol or drinking in the reference (Hudson, Fiona (4 February 2007). "The Daily Telegraph". AC/DC Stars Mega Mansion. http://www.news.com.au/sundaytelegraph/story/0,22049,21164917-5001026,00.html). A more reliable reference would be good. --trevj (talk) 10:54, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

I think someone moved that reference from its previous, more relevant place - there's nothing there about him being teetotal. He is teetotal, and always has been, but it needs a decent reference. I might find time later to put one in. Bretonbanquet (talk) 13:11, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Genre[edit]

There are often edits around AC/DC and band members such as Angus to include heavy metal to their genre, along with hard rock, blues rock and rock n roll. While it is true that there are descriptions of them as metal in various articles, the band has consistently stated they are not a heavy metal band or a punk band. This is covered in biographies from Clinton Walker, Murray Engleheart and Mick Wall amongst others.FlatOut 05:03, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

What they call their own music is not any more relevant than what anyone else calls it. – SmiddleTC@ 19:41, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
All that matters is what's reflected in the preponderance of reliable sources. --Spike Wilbury (talk) 20:42, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

One-handed pull-off technique[edit]

"and pull-off arpeggios (pull-offs, played one-handed) are a popular trick, appearing in songs such as "Who Made Who", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", "Sin City", "Thunderstruck", "Let There Be Rock" (live)." Perhaps whoever wrote this fell in the trap of the music video for "Thunderstruck"? In that video, Angus is seen playing the main riff with just his left hand, but that's not true. The Thunderstruck riff is played with steady 16th-note picking on the open B string, which serves as the background for the notes that make the melody (they are fretted on the same string alternating with the open B note). Alvabass (talk) 17:16, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Nice pick up. Thunderstruck is most certainly picked throughout.Flat Out let's discuss it 22:29, 29 December 2013 (UTC)