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Name: Angus Young  
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Date of Birth: 31st March 1955
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Profession: Composer
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Angus McKinnon Young (born March 31, 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland) The Young family relocated from Scotland to Sydney, Australia in 1963.

Angus Young is the lead guitarist and one of the songwriters of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. Malcolm played in a few rock bands before they founded AC/DC in 1973.

His trademark guitar is the Gibson SG, which being light in weight and having a "fast neck" is well suited to Angus' own small frame and lightning fast-fingered blues playing style. The 'horns' of the 'double cutaway' body mirror Angus' use of devil's horns as a rebellious image.

After wearing various costumes on stage (including one called Super-Ang, consisting of a Zorro-like cape and hat and a Superman-style top with a large A), Angus Young followed a suggestion from his sister and began wearing his Ashfield Boys High School uniform on stage, which has since become one of the trademarks of AC/DC.

Angus Young is notorious for his wild onstage antics. He entertains audiences with his intense moves and jumps onstage and with his running back and forth across the stage while playing the electric guitar. During live shows, Angus would clamber on singer Bon Scott's shoulders and they would make their way through the audience with smoke streaming from a satchel on his back while he played an extended solo.

In later years, Angus performed moves such as his own version of the Duck Walk, which was inspired by his idol Chuck Berry, and his "spasm", during which he throws himself to the ground, kicking, shaking, and spinning in circles, while playing the guitar, of course; both can be seen in the "Who Made Who" video. Other gimmicks employed by Angus include his strip act, which is viewable during "Jailbreak" on AC/DC's Live At Donington DVD. He also wears converses from time to time in the back in black and hells bells videos.

Angus Young influencing such bands like Guns N' Roses, Jackyl, Buckcherry, and Nashville Pussy.

Angus now lives in Sydney, Australia and Venlo, Netherlands.

Influenced By

  • Robert Johnson
  • B.B. King
  • Howlin' Wolf
  • Eric Clapton
  • Dave Davies
  • Jimmy Page
  • Muddy Waters
  • Keith Richards
  • Pete Townshend
  • Bo Diddley
  • Chuck Berry

See Also

  • Rolling Stone's List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

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