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Malcolm Young

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Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young (born January 6 1953 in Glasgow Scotland) is the founder and rhythm guitarist of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. Young and his family moved to Sydney, Australia where he and his brother Angus played in some rock bands before they founded AC/DC in 1974.

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 acts.

He 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.

At one point in his life, Malcolm missed a 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.

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