AC/DC Co-Founder, Guitarist and Songwriter Malcolm Young passes away.
As rhythm guitarist for AC/DC, one of the first hard rock bands heard on mainstream radio, Malcolm Young may possibly have played the first gritty, saturated chord that millions of fans of the style would hear. With a modified single-pickup Gretsch Firebird plugged straight into a Marshall stack, Young’s loud but understated style and blue-collar work ethic was the driving force that kept the band rolling for decades. The music world lost a subtle and unassuming rock legend on Nov. 18, 2017, with the passing of AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young.
Co-writer on the bands biggest hits and timeless anthems, Young has been an influence on generations of musicians as well as fans. While his brother Angus was often seen as the focal point, with his fiery lead guitar work and onstage schoolboy persona, the backbone of the band was the solid rhythm playing and huge riffs of Malcolm Young. Young’s vision and bold tone drove AC/DC to be one of the most popular hard rock groups of all time from the first album in 1975 to their last studio recording in 2010. Malcolm Young, along with the rest of AC/DC, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2010, among many other awards and honors.