Photo by: George Chin
Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland. Malcolm
is the sixth child of the Young Family. He was ten when his family moved
from Scotland to settle in Sydney, Australia. Upon arriving in Australia,
Malcolm wasted little time in earning a reputation as a schoolyard brawler.
He left school as soon as he could and found gainful employment. He
worked as a machine maintenance engineer for a bra company.
Malcolm picked up the guitar while he was still at school. He graduated
quickly from acoustic to electric and picked up tips from his older brother
George whenever the Easybeats returned from a tour. The salary from his
work allowed Malcolm to buy more professional guitars.
Eventually Malcolm put a few small bands together. During 1971 he joined
up with Australia's Velvet Underground. The Velvet Underground went
through a number of line-up changes during their brief career, but were
never considered good enough to make any lasting impact.
During 1973 George Young, along with his partner Harry Vanda, were working
on an album under the name of the Marcus Hook Roll Band at Albert
Studios. The project had begun in London as a casual, tongue-in-cheeck
diversion but took on a more serious aura after EMI's American division
expressed interest in a full album. In the process, George and Harry
recruited Malcolm and Angus as supporting players. That was the first thing
Malcolm and Angus did before AC/DC
The Marcus Hook Roll Band project had had a profound effect on Malcolm,
who decided that the standard process of overdubbing tracks one by one
went against his idea of how rock'n'roll ought to be made. He decided that
his band wouldn't do that.
When the Velvet Underground fell apart, Malcolm determined to put together
a new outfit. At first this was to be a one-guitar band, with a keyboard player being
drafted to fill out the sound. But a sudden change of heart on Malcolm's part led to
his decision to get in a second guitarist to play alongside with him. He turned to his
brother Angus. Malcolm's new band called AC/DC rehearsed energically, playing
cover versions. The band's first gig took place in the Chequers Club in Sydney on
December 31, 1973.