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Nobody has done more with a handful of basic blues chords and winking sexual innuendo than AC/DC over the past 40 years. From their scrappy beginnings in Sydney to their mega-platinum world domination a decade later, not much has changed musically from 1975’s ‘High Voltage’ to 2008’s ‘Black Ice,’ thanks to guitarist Angus Young’s tough but straightforward songs. But the band staged one of the most remarkable second acts in rock history after its original singer, Bon Scott, died after a heavy night of drinking in 1980. Not wasting any time, they recruited a new singer, Brian Johnson, and recorded one of rock’s all-time greatest albums, ‘Back in Black,’ within months of Scott’s passing. Since then, AC/DC have released a series of bestselling albums that rest firmly on top of rock’s most basic guitar chords and life’s most primal instincts.

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Kevin Winter / Neilson Barnard, Getty Images

The Night AC/DC, Cheap Trick and Michael Schenker Group Members Formed a Supergroup: Exclusive Book Excerpt

Ultimate Classic Rock is proud to premiere an excerpt from former Michael Schenker Group bassist Chris Glen's memoir.

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Axl Rose and Brian Johnson
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AC/DC Promoters Fined Over Axl Rose-Fronted Show

Spanish authorities have fined AC/DC promoters Live Nation for refusing to issue ticket refunds to fans who didn’t want to see Axl Rose fronting the band.

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Atlantic

40 Years Ago: AC/DC Release Their First Masterpiece, ‘Let There Be Rock’

It might be difficult to wrap your head around this concept, but AC/DC's rise to global stardom was both deliberate and challenging.

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AC/DC Rock Or Bust Tour - Greensboro, NC
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Unconfirmed Rumor: Axl Rose and Angus Young Prepping New AC/DC Album

Guns N' Roses' touring commitments are reportedly the only thing holding up a possible new AC/DC studio project featuring Axl Rose.

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Jeffrey A. Camarati / Joel Ford, Getty Images

Phil Rudd Changes His Mind About Axl Rose Fronting AC/DC

AC/DC's former drummer Phil Rudd last year said he didn’t think much of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose singing with his old band – but now he’s changed his mind.

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Mike Coppola / Alex Goodlett / Mark Wallheiser, Getty Images

Alec Baldwin Offers to Sing AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ at Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Famous Donald Trump critic Alec Baldwin is willing to perform at the inauguration, but on one condition...

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

AC/DC Alumni Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd Are Talking

They apparently discussed a shared passion for racing, rather than music – but we can dream, right?

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Rufus Stone Limited Editions

AC/DC Announce ‘Rock or Bust’ Tour Book

AC/DC's Rock or Bust Tour is being commemorated with what's being touted as the band's first-ever official book.

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Frazer Harrison / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

AC/DC and Rolling Stones Make Top 10 List of World’s Highest-Paid Musicians

Both got there in remarkable fashion.

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Atlantic

35 Years Ago: AC/DC Release Their First No. 1 Album, ‘For Those About to Rock We Salute You’

On Nov. 23, 1981, AC/DC were on their way to finally reaching the music industry's proverbial top of the mountain when For Those About to Rock We Salute You was released.

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