Angus Young Biography


Angus Young Biography

Angus McKinnon Young was born on March 31, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland. At school, Angus was an unenthusiastic student. His only real academic interest was art which allowed him some freedom of expression. He gave up school at 15 and went to work for a soft porn magazine called Ribald as a printer.

But his ambitions laid elsewhere anyway, and for a year, prior to leaving school, Angus had been practicing guitar almost constantly, jamming around with friends and playing at school dances. In the beginning, Angus messed around with Malcolm's guitars for years before his mother finally bought him his own, a cheap little acoustic. By the time he

Angus Young Biography

was eleven Angus had flirted with a tutorial course, but he preferred to learn by himself and most of his musical education was pure trial and error.

While his older brother Malcolm was hatching plans for his new band, Angus was well on his way toward establishing a distinctive stage persona. His spasmodic, seemingly out-of-control onstage body language has always come naturally. Such trademark Angus moves as his version of Chuck Berry's "duck-walk" and his on-the-floor body spasms could be handy attention-getting devices when playing for drunken, rowdy barroom crowds. Many of these gestures grew out of accidents.

One night Tantrum, the pre-AC/DC band Angus was playing with, was going down really badly. Angus walked across the stage and tripped over the guitar lead, so he just made it look like a death scene, screaming all hell from the guitar. It was the only clap they got that night. Shortly after Angus told his brother Malcolm about "the incident" he was asked to join the band brother Mal was putting together.

Angus originally joined as a second "lead" guitar. Malcolm must have noticed right off that his younger brother's stage persona gave the band something original and Angus was the undisputed star of the act. At that point Malcolm decided he would play rhythm guitar. Angus Young then became ACDC's lead guitarist and one of rocks most legendary and influential guitarist of all time.

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Click above to check out this video with Angus and Malcolm jamming with the rolling stones. This is priceless, Angus has his hair shaved and his guitar looks almost as big as he is. He's actually wearing pants with legs.

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