21 Facts About Angus Young


Angus Young is known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits and his own version of Chuck Berry's duckwalk.

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Angus Young spent the first seven years of his life in Cranhill.

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Angus Young himself took up the guitar at the age of five or six, receiving one lesson from Alexander, after which he was self-taught.

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Angus Young learned how to fight on Cranhill's tough streets, and, on one occasion was struck by a car.

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Angus Young's family moved into a semi-detached house at 4 Burleigh Street in the Sydney suburb of Burwood.

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Angus Young set some type for that magazine, but, despite some claims, was never its employee.

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Angus Young first started playing on a banjo, re-strung with six strings.

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Angus Young's first guitar was a cheap acoustic model purchased second-hand by his mother.

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Angus Young was on lead guitar, Malcolm on rhythm guitar, Colin Burgess on drums, Larry Van Kriedt on bass guitar and Dave Evans on vocals.

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Angus Young tried a number of stage costumes, such as Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, and a parody of Superman named Super-Ang, before settling on his signature schoolboy look at the suggestion of his sister.

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Malcolm Angus Young missed the majority of the band's 1988 Blow Up Your Video World Tour to address his drinking problem.

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Angus Young, determined to finish what the band started, recruited Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose to stand in for Johnson for the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour.

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Angus Young is married to a Dutch woman named Ellen van Lochem.

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Heavy smoker, Angus Young is a teetotaler and has been all his life.

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Angus Young has used Gibson SGs in various forms throughout his career.

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Angus Young used a modified version of the SG called the Jaydee SG, which was made custom for Young by Jaydee guitars.

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Angus Young has indicated that he was influenced by Keith Richards, as well as Chuck Berry's performing style, including his banter with audiences and duck walk.

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Angus Young's playing style is influenced by straight blues playing in both the minor and major pentatonic twelve bar blues-type progressions.

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Angus Young is famous for his wild onstage antics, such as intense jumps and running back and forth across the stage.

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Angus Young was advised by older brother George that, if he ever tripped over his guitar cable, to keep playing and make it look like part of the act.

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Angus Young included a sort of striptease as part of a mid-show ritual, during which he slowly took off his schoolboy outfit, running across the stage to elicit cheers from the audience, culminating in a "mooning" gesture to expose his underwear, generally chosen with the colours of the local flag or occasionally offering a brief glimpse of his bare buttocks.

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