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Ac/Dc A Rock Powerhouse Essay

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AC/DC originated in Australia, and was formed in 1973 by brothers Angus Young and Malcolm Young. They were born in Glasgow, Scotland, but then moved to Sydney Australia with most of their family in 1963. They classified themselves solely as rock n roll, but are considered to be one of the pioneers of heavy metal. They are also one of the highest grossing bands of all time. "AC/DC" is an abbreviation meaning "alternating current/direct current" electricity. They originally got the name from their older sister Margaret, who saw the initials ACDC on a sewing machine. The brothers felt that this name symbolized the band’s raw energy and their power driven performances.

The members included Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Larry Van Kriedt, Dave Evans, and Colin Burgess. The people who wanted the most success out of them were Australia’s legendary roadie Ray Arnold and his partner Alan Kissack. The two men convinced “Chequers” entertainment manager Gene Pierson to let the band play at the popular Sydney nightclub in 1973. Colin Burgess was the first member fired, and several bassists and drummers passed through the band the next year. The Young brothers decided that Evans was not a suitable frontman for the group, because they felt he was more of a glam rocker. It was Gene Pierson who arranged for Bon Scott from “Fraternity” to join them as the lead singer. (Paul Sutcliffe, Pg. 34, P.2)

In September 1974 Ronald "Bon" Scott replaced Dave Evans. By October 1974, the Australia-only album “High Voltage” had been recorded. It took only ten days, and was based on instrumental songs written by the Young brothers, with lyrics added by Scott. Within a few months, the band's line-up had stabilized, featuring Scott, Malcolm and Angus, bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd. This would be the lineup up until 1980. Later that year they released the single "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll)", which became their most popular rock anthem. It was included on their second album, T.N.T., (1975) which was also released only in Australia and New Zealand. The album featured another classic song, "High Voltage".

The song It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll) is considered to be one of AC/DC’s top rock anthems. The song starts off with the main guitar part by Malcolm, followed by the heavy drums. This song really signifies the classic AC/DC sound we have all come to love. The rhythm guitar flowing constantly, dignified bass, in your face lyrics, and of course the signature Angus Young solo. The song is in verse-chorus form with a bridge between the first chorus and second verse. There is also a call and response between Angus and the bagpipes which is always interesting. There is a third verse then the chorus becomes repeated throughout until the rest of the song.

In 1976, the band signed an international deal with Atlantic Records and toured extensively throughout Europe including their first UK tour with Sounds Magazine called...

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