Australian band founded in 1973 in Sydney by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. The group is considered one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal music, although the group members themselves have always classified their music as “rock & roll”.
The inspiration for the name of the formation was the back of the sewing machine of the Young brothers’ sister – Margaret, on which the acronym “AC / DC” meaning “alternating current/direct current” (a device capable of working with both types of currents) was noticed. It was considered that it captures the raw energy of the band well and it was decided not to look for a new one.
In 1973 they played their first concert in Sydney, and then signed a contract with Albert Production. At that time, Angus Young adopted a characteristic stage image – a school uniform that his musician sister offered him.
The first singer – Dave Evans – approached the glam rockers too much in the image and in 1974 he was replaced by Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott. Only one single was recorded with Evans – “Can I Sit Next to You Girl”, which was later recorded again with the new singer. In the same period, AC / DC recorded their debut album “High Voltage” (released in 1975 only in Australia and New Zealand). At the same time, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Mark Evans joined the band. Shortly afterward they released one of their most popular singles “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” – the band’s later rock anthem.