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Angus McKinnon Young (born March 31, 1955) is a Scottish-born Australian musician and the lead guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the hard rock band AC/DC. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of AC/DC in 2003. Known for wild, energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits and the duck walk, Young is ranked 96th on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

As a teenager Angus Young played in a band called 'Kantuckee'. He was 18 when he and his 20 year old brother Malcolm formed AC/DC in 1973 with Angus on lead guitar, Malcolm on rhythm guitar, Colin Burgess on drums, Larry Van Kriedt on bass guitar and Dave Evans on vocals. "Can I Sit Next To You Girl", their first single, was later re-recorded with Bon Scott as their vocalist. They got the name AC/DC after seeing the letters "AC/DC" on the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret.

Angus 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 trademark. To match this image the press and public were told that Young was born in 1959, not 1955. The original uniform was from his secondary school, Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney. By 1973, Angus had long left school. His sister Margaret suggested he wear the uniform after Malcolm asked each band member to come up with their own gimmick, which was ironic as Angus very much disliked being at school. This was the era of glam rock, when costumes were common for pop and rock acts.


Angus Young's energetic guitar style has been an influence on many young hard rock guitarists. His work with AC/DC has been an influence on bands ranging from Guns N' Roses, Slayer, The Cult, Jackyl, Metallica, and Def Leppard to newer artists like Disturbed, Jet, Alter Bridge, Buckcherry, Airbourne, The Darkness, Rob Tognoni, Wolfmother, and You Am I. Young cites his own influences as Chuck Berry, Pete Townshend, Muddy Waters, Leslie West, Keith Richards, B.B. King, George Harrison, Buddy Guy, and other blues / rock & roll players. When the Canadian band ANVIL were asked what it was like to tour with AC/DC, and not only did they have good things to say about the band but they also mentioned that Angus Young has a "big heart."