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AC/DC
Background information
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, blues-rock
Years active since 1973
Website www.acdc.com
Members
Brian Johnson
Stevie Young
Angus Young
Cliff Williams
Phil Rudd

AC/DC is a hard rock band from Australia. They formed in Sydney, Australia in November 1973. AC/DC has sold an estimated 200 million albums worldwide, including 68 million in the United States of America. The two primary founders of the band, Malcolm Young and Angus Young, developed the idea for the band's name after their sister Margaret saw the initials "AC/DC" written on a sewing machine. "AC/DC" is an abbreviation for "alternating current/direct current," which refer to the two different types of charges used in electricity. The band chose the name because of their energetic “electrical” style of playing rock and roll. Even though AC/DC considers their music style simply as "rock and roll", AC/DC are often considered pioneers of heavy metal.

Band members

Current members

Past members

  • Bon Scott - vocals (1974–1980)
  • Dave Evans - vocals (1973–1974)
  • Colin Burgess - drums and percussion (1973–1974)
  • Rob Bailey II - bass (1973–1974)
  • Noel Taylor - drums and percussion (1974)
  • Larry van Kriedt - Bass, saxophone (1973–1975)
  • Peter Clack - drums and percussion (1974–1975)
  • Mark Evans II - bass (1974–1975)
  • Simon Wright - drums and percussion (1984–1989)
  • Chris Slade - drums and percussion (1989–1990†)

Discography

Albums

  • High Voltage (Australia only) (1975)
  • T.N.T. (Australia only) (1975)
  • High Voltage (1976)
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976) (released in the United States in 1981)
  • Let There Be Rock (1977)
  • Powerage (1978)
  • If You Want Blood You've Got It (Live Album) (1978)
  • Highway to Hell (1979)
  • Back in Black (1980)
  • For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981)
  • Flick of the Switch (1983)
  • '74 Jailbreak (1984) (Five tracks from the Australian releases of High Voltage and one track from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)
  • Fly on the Wall (1985)
  • Who Made Who (1986) (soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive)
  • Blow Up Your Video (1988)
  • The Razor's Edge (1990)
  • Live (1992) (released as both a double and a single album)
    • Live: Collector's Edition (1992)
  • Ballbreaker (1995)
  • Bonfire (1997) (boxed set tribute to Bon Scott)
  • Stiff Upper Lip (2000)
  • Black Ice (2008)
  • Backtracks (2009) (boxed set)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) (soundtrack to the movie Iron Man 2)
  • Rock or Bust (2014)

Video

  • Family Jewels (2005)
  • Live At Donington (1991)
  • Plug Me In (2007)
  • No Bull (1996)
  • Stiff Upper Lip Live (2001)
  • Live at River Plate (2011)

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