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AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64



Malcolm Young (right) and his brother Angus (left) were driving forces behind the international success of AC/DC


Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family nearby, a statement said.

Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom.

Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DC's history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in October.


"Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many," the statement read.

"From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans."


After forming AC/DC in 1973, Angus and Malcolm Young were credited as co-writers on every song the band recorded between their 1975 debut High Voltage through to 2014's Rock or Bust.

Malcolm was born in 1953 in Glasgow before his family emigrated to Australia when he was 10.

His family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.



Malcolm Young wrote some of AC/DC's best-known songs


He wrote much of the material that enabled AC/DC to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands and singer Brian Johnson has described him as the band's "spiritual leader, our spitfire".

Their biggest hits include Back in Black, Highway to Hell, and You Shook Me All Night Long. The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US.


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To this day I still remember the first time I heard Back in Black. It was at  a dive of a bar called L'Harlequin on St-Jean street in the old part of Quebec City. Way back in the summer of 1980.

Couldn't of asked for something better to start of the night :lol:

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