Sydney Studio That Helped Launch AC/DC Scheduled for Demolition
Alberts, the publishing company and production studio that helped start AC/DC on their rise to worldwide fame, will lose its home early next year when a developer demolishes the building in order to make room for luxury apartments.
Australia's Daily Telegraph reports that a complex containing shops and more than 20 apartments will move in where Alberts now stands, and notes that it's currently "not known where Alberts intends to relocate."
It's worth noting that the company's current location, in Sydney's Neutral Bay, isn't its first, and it was actually at the studio's previous address, on King Street, where Alberts produced much of the music that helped make its name — including AC/DC's first six albums, part of a long list of classic LPs associated with the songwriting/producing duo Vanda & Young.
Partners since their early '60s days in hit Albert Productions act the Easybeats, Harry Vanda and George Young found further success on their own after the band split up, most notably through their long association with AC/DC. Although their collaboration had a lot to do with George being the older brother of AC/DC co-founders Malcolm and Angus Young, they were far from the only hitmakers in the Vanda & Young stable.
Given that Albert Productions continues to handle rights management for a variety of artists (including AC/DC), it seems likely they'll find new space for their offices shortly. And as the Telegraph's report notes, the complex that takes the studio's place will be called Muse in an effort to honor the spot's "artistic heritage." A representative for the developer explained, "The name is reflective of the building and the creative endeavors that have taken place in the building over the years."
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