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AC/DC, American heavy metal band, formed 1974. M EMBERSHIP : Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott, voc. (b. Kirriemuir, Scotland, July 9, 1946; d. there, Feb. 20, 1980); Angus Young, lead gtr. (b. Glasgow, Scotland, March 31, 1959); Malcolm Young, rhythm gtr. (b. Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1953); Mark Evans, bs.; Phil Rudd, drm. Ron Scott was replaced by Brian Johnson (b. Newcastle, England, Oct. 5, 1947).

A prototypical heavy-metal band formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1974, AC/DC established themselves in Great Britain and then the United States on the basis of tireless touring, and eventually broke through with 1979’s Highway to Hell .

Recording songs that focused on sex, violence, and the occult packaged in live-action album covers, AC/DC achieved notoriety in 1985 when Los Angeles mass murderer Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, cited recordings by the band as the source of his satanic inspiration. Fundamentalist Christians and others in the United States were outraged, and the band was accused of planting messages in their music that were detectable only when their albums were played backward. The controversy spurred Tipper Gore of the Washington-based Parents’ Music Resource Center to call for warning labels on albums, which in turn ignited the issue of censorship in mass media.

Persevering with vocalist Brian Johnson after the alcohol-related death of Bon Scott in 1980, AC/DC garnered tremendous popularity with Back in Black — ostensibly the best-selling (more than nine million copies) heavy-metal album in history—and For Those About to Rock, We Salute You . Projecting a blue-collar charm to their young, mostly male fans, and eschewing synthesizers, AC/DC again sparked public hostility when several fans were crushed to death in a rush to the stage at a 1991 show in Salt Lake City.

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