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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About AC/DC

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For four decades, AC/DC have blasted the rock ‘n’ roll landscape with towering riffs and a winking innuendo that cuts to the primal heart of the music. And their story is filled with anecdotes befitting such a titanic band. With help from Jesse Fink’s excellent ‘The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC,’ we’ve come up with a list of 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About AC/DC. Fink details everything from the group’s decision to carry on after singer Bon Scott‘s death to its wrongful association with one of that era’s most notorious serial killers. You can read an except from the book here and learn more about it here.


‘Jailbreak,’ one of AC/DC’s greatest tracks, was left off the 1981 U.S. release of ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ because it was considered “too horrific for teenage consumption” by the management of Atlantic Records, former A&R boss Jim Delehant says. It subsequently appeared on a 1984 EP.





Angus and Malcolm Young came very close to sacking Bon Scott after his alleged heroin overdose in 1975, according to former AC/DC bass player Mark Evans: “There was mention of another singer. But it never got to that point.” Scott’s death eventually forced their hand.





Michael Klenfner, an early AC/DC champion at Atlantic Records, offers Jake and Elwood Blues a recording contract after their performance of ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ in ‘The Blues Brothers’ movie.





According to disc jockey Bill Bartlett, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant was so jealous of AC/DC’s early success in Florida that he made an impromptu late-night visit to a Jacksonville radio station to check AC/DC’s sales and request data.





Gerard Huerta, who designed AC/DC’s famous logo, has never received a dime in royalties for its use in merchandising. He’d used a similar font on Blue Oyster Cult’s live album ‘On Your Feet or on Your Knees.’



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Audience noise in the film clip for ‘High Voltage’ was borrowed from George Harrison’s ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ live album.





Former AC/DC booking agent (and onetime Motley Crue manager) Doug Thaler says Bon Scott wrote one of the band’s later hits. “I don’t care who tells me anything different: You can bet your life that Bon Scott wrote the lyrics to ‘You Shook Me All Night Long.””





Mark Evans does not believe Cliff Williams played the bass tracks on ‘Powerage': “My understanding of the situation is that George [Young] played bass on the whole album.”





Tony Currenti, now a pizzeria owner in Sydney, played drums on all but one song — ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ — on AC/DC’s debut album. He recently started playing again after nearly four decades away from music.





Stevie Young, who’s currently filling in for an ailing Malcolm Young, gets a kick out of reading misinformation about the band online. One incorrect theory, for instance, says he’s the son of session guitarist Alex Young, Angus and Malcolm’s older brother. “I like it,” he admits. “My dad was Stevie Young, their eldest brother.”




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