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Name: Malcolm Young  
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Date of Birth: 6th January 1953
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Profession: Composer
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 Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young (born January 6, 1953 in Glasgow Scotland) The Young family relocated from Scotland to Sydney, Australia in 1963.

Influenced by 50's rock and roll, and blues based rock guitarists of the 60's and 70's, he is regarded as a leading rock exponent of rhythm guitar. His economic playing, his 'groove' and his riff-based compositions have been highly influential on subsequent hard rock and heavy metal music acts.

Malcolm Young picked up the guitar while he was still at school. He graduated quickly from acoustic to electric and picked up tips from his older brother George whenever the Easybeats returned from a tour. Malcolm left school as soon as he could and found gainful employment. He worked as a machine maintenance engineer for a bra company.

Malcolm Young put a few small bands together. During 1971 he joined Velvet Underground (not to be confused with their more famous American namesake). The band were based in Newcastle, New South Wales between 1967-1972. They did cover versions of The Doors, Rolling Stones and The Who. The Velvet Underground went through a number of line-up changes during their brief career, but were never considered good enough to make any lasting impact.

Malcolm Young the founder and rhythm guitarist of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He and his brother Angus founded AC/DC in 1973. The band's first gig took place in the Chequers Club in Sydney on December 31, 1973.

Malcolm Young plays a Gretsch guitar with the neck and middle pickups removed and socks placed in the pickup cavities to stop them from feeding back. His Gretsch was originally red, but when he took the middle and rear pickups out he stripped the paint. The guitar has had three or four different bridges on it. To this day he still plays it. He writes most of AC/DC's songs with his brother, lead guitarist Angus and their lead singer Brian Johnson and Bon Scott.

Malcolm missed the band's 1988 tour because he was trying to rid himself of a drinking habit, not wanting to end up like former lead singer Bon Scott. It was publically announced was that he was tending to his sick son. He won the battle with his drinking problem and returned to the band.

In May 2003 Malcolm Young accept the "Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Service To Australian Music" and paid special tribute to Bon Scott.

Malcolm Young's sturdy rhythm guitar style has influenced a legion of hard rock and heavy metal players over the years, namely Metallica's James Hetfield and Guns N' Roses' Izzy Stradlin.

You will find Malcolm Young in Who's Who In Australia 2004-2005, Albert official statement with correct information on date of birth, the band, awards, albums.

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