Memories of Acca Dacca’s Malcolm Young
AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young is died at the age of 64 according to a post on AC/DC’s Facebook page. “It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside.Renowned for his musical genius Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.Malcolm is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.While thanking all for their overwhelming support and heartfelt condolences, the family ask that you respect their privacy during this time of heartbreak and grief.For those wishing to send messages to the family please visit the Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Young Memorial website which will be available next week.The family have asked instead of flowers to send donations to The Salvation Army,” said the statement. AC/DC is arguably the most internationally well known hard rock band Australia has ever produced. The band began with brothers Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Dave Evans. Although the band’s lead singer Bon Scott died 37 years ago, AC/DC has lived up on its fans expectations including your blogger, performing to packed halls and rapt fans around the world. It is a band that delivers what my elementary friend used to describe as no-nonsense hard rock.AC/DC made live rock music more inspiration and improvisation with their unique voice and whenever they would play live, they didn’t want to replicate exactly what was on vinyl record. AC/DC has always been inspired to mix things up a bit, improvise and employ new things rather than just play the song the same way as on vinyl. This has made their live concert songs to be fresh and interesting all the time even after it had been played countless times.
There is no doubt that without AC/DC Australian rock music which started six decades ago, wouldn’t have been popular worldwide as it is the case now without the 1970s Australian rock bands that all became well known for classic hard rock thanks to AC/DC.Since then not any other music genre can match up to rock ritual and cultural expression of raw human biology in Australian music scene. AC/DC for more than four decades developed their own distinctive rock sound and became popular the world over and thanks to Malcolm Young, the band’s music will live forever.Over the years AC/DC band has influenced many other styles including many elements of mainstream pop, funk, American and European folk music and other genres of music that can all be heard in many songs that are classified as rock songs.In 2017, ACDC marked 44 years since the band was founded in Sydney in 1973. The Back In Black which remains the second-biggest selling album of all-time with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide is your blogger’s favorite.Those of use who are rock nuts will agree with me that AC/DC built a fanbase that most bands and musicians in mainstream music industry can only dream of. No one in Oz can doubt the popularity of Acca Dacca with their albums like Back in Black, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Powerage. AC/DC made rock a genre that any music fan out there can choose to listen and its a combination of intensity, passion, meaning, excitement, and high octane all put together at the same time. Even those who don’t love rock cannot help but also put their attention to the beats of AC/DC that always instantly trigger very deep and visceral feelings. I can confirm that because I’ve a friend who was just a mainstream pop music fan but when i introduced him to AC/DC in summer of 1998, he’s become of the finest rock maniacs i know anywhere in the world. His collection of rock music exceeds ten terabytes and counting.He recently told your blogger that thermal qualities of rock music are next to none, add the rebelling, naughty and raw lyrics qualities which makes the genre very relatable and appealing to the common fans, regardless of race, gender, age and social status. When Malcolm Young last featured on the AC/DC’s Black Ice tour, which ran from 2008 to 2010, the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time and was replaced by his nephew Stevie for the AC/DC’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust every AC/DC fan knew we’ve seen the last of the legendary guitarist. Who can forget the school boy uniform worn by Malcolm brother and legendary guitarist Angus Young? Indeed the Young brothers put the Australian rock industry and music in general on the global map.As Malcolm Young’s AC/DC taught us, it does not matter what you are made of, where you hail from, and whether your class is rich or poor, as long as you want rock n roll music, it is always there. For now, I say Rest in Peace Malcolm Young but your music is perdurable.