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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.

Y&T Frontman Says Bon Scott Thought AC/DC Were ‘Boring,’ Remembers Laughing at Motley Crue

Tim Mosenfelder / Hulton Archive, Getty Images / Elektra Records
Tim Mosenfelder / Hulton Archive, Getty Images / Elektra Records

Bay Area rockers Y&T rubbed shoulders with a number of future superstars when they were starting out in the late '70s and early '80s.

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The History of AC/DC and the ‘Night Stalker’ Murders

NightProwler

Richard Ramirez, a transient based in Los Angeles, spent a terrifying portion of 1984 and 1985 slipping into windows and through unlocked doors in California, committing a string of unspeakable crimes under cover of darkness.

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Watch AC/DC’s New ‘Rock the Blues Away’ Video

YouTube
YouTube

AC/DC have released the video for "Rock the Blues Away," the third single from their recent Rock or Bust album.

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Watch AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ Covered on Acoustic Guitar

YouTube
YouTube

AC/DC are one band that most fans have never wanted to hear in an acoustic setting, but based on the evidence of an unexpectedly cool new cover, their songs rock even without the amps plugged in.

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Phil Rudd Vs. Ginger Baker: March Drum Madness

Phil Rudd Vs. Ginger Baker March Drum Madness
Atlantic Records / Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

The opening round of our new March Drum Madness competition is a contrast in styles, with AC/DC’s Phil Rudd taking on Cream’s Ginger Baker.

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15 Years Ago: Brotherly Help Gets AC/DC Back to Basics on ‘Stiff Upper Lip’

East West
East West

AC/DC took a back-to-basics approach with 'Stiff Upper Lip,' which was released on Feb. 28, 2000.

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35 Years Ago: Bon Scott Found Dead

Bon Scott's Grave
Paul Kane, Getty Images

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1980, Bon Scott was found dead.

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10 Best Bon Scott AC/DC Songs

Bon Scott
Warner Brothers

The best Bon Scott AC/DC songs lighten the sense of menace found within the band's lyrics and music with the sense of humor and self-deprecation that made the singer so charismatic and beloved. Here's our humbly chosen list of the 10 Best Bon Scott

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Big Bucks: AC/DC Tickets Top $250 on Secondary Market

Columbia
Columbia

If you plan on seeing AC/DC during its Rock or Bust tour, be prepared to pay handsomely for the privilege.

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40 Years Ago: AC/DC Unveil Their Debut Album in Australia

Albert Productions
Albert Productions

AC/DC didn’t start coming to the attention of fans around the world until the international release of High Voltage in April 1976.

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