Malcolm Young, the guitarist and songwriter who helped found the Australian rock band AC/DC, died on Saturday. He was 64. His family confirmed the death in a statement, adding that Mr. Young had had dementia for several years. It did not say where he died.
Mr. Young and his brother Angus created AC/DC in Sydney, Australia, on New Year’s Eve in 1973. The group, known for its power-chord riffs, earsplitting vocals and raucous energy, found enduring popularity and great commercial success. it got it’s name from their sister Margaret’s sewing machine.
From left, members of AC/DC: Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Phil Rudd. CreditFin Costello/Redferns
Malcolm Young’s last performance with the band was in 2010 in Bilbao, Spain. At the time, he was having cognitive problems but decided to keep performing during the tour, oftentimes having to relearn guitar parts that he had written, Rolling Stone reported. Mr. Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, replaced his uncle in 2014..
Young in Glasgow
Mr. Young was born on Jan. 6, 1953, in Glasgow, Scotland. His parents later emigrated to Sydney. His survivors include his wife, O’Linda; two children, Cara and Ross; his brother Angus; a sister; and three grandchildren, according to a statement on the band’s website. Mr. Young’s older brother George, one of the band’s producers and songwriters, died last month.
We have rectified Mr. Young’s chart to 14 Sagittarius which gets the Hyperion symbol of “Prajapati birthing the gods” and the apt idea of “foundation.” Mr. McClung writes that this symbol is the “ground upon which anything is anything is built up or the final basis of it.”
While definitely a talented rhythm guitar, his charisma (Mars conjunct Venus in Pisces where she is exalted) was tough to beat. His mates loved him and he was definitely the life of the party, but with Uranus in Cancer sextile Jupiter in Taurus in the Fourth, drank beyond reason. There is no doubt that Mr. Young’s chart was one of wild abandon, and with Pluto in its natural eighth house, it was probably devastating on his health.
Still, Mercury is sextile Venus and what he could not say in words, he could evoke with his harmonic guitar. The Sun in the Twelfth right near the First house tells, us how he loved playing large arenas, lived for the challenge of playing or doing something different each time and giving his audience a memorable time for their concert dollar. He was no doubt a great show man though most eyes tended to be on his younger brother, Angus and his school boy’s outfit, Malcolm rallied the band to always do their best.
It is hard to pick one Ac/Dc song to commemorate him with, but this one is a good start. You Shook me all night long.