Plug Me In

Plug Me In

An unprecedented journey through AC/DC’s experiences as a live band — starting at its inception and carrying through its tours in the early 2000s — “Plug Me In” chronicles the group’s Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras. Loaded with rare and thrilling performances drawn from the vaults of film and TV studios, record labels and fans, it is the definitive archival AC/DC document.

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Often pigeonholed as crude and crass, AC/DC claims a discipline, consistency and trajectory rare in popular-music history. Guided by cofounders Malcolm and Angus Young, the Australian band focuses on riff-driven rock ’n’ roll that transcends trends and thrives across multiple eras (and vocalists). Its distinctive sound and approach turn AC/DC into one of the most successful groups and concert draws in the world.

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High-End Discipline, High-Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll

AC/DC’s story has been rehashed to the point where everything about it seems rote. Obvious, even. But the narrative is far more complex than how it’s usually presented.


Malcolm Young: AC/DC’s Giant in the Shadows

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young stood barely 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed little more than 100 pounds, but he was a giant figure in rock ‘n’ roll and the driving force of AC/DC. He not only founded the band and recruited his brother Angus Young and vocalist Bon Scott to become its focal points, he cowrote the songs and provided its vision. In the recording studio and on stage, he preferred a background role that was crucial to the sound: He anchored the fire-breathing arrangements as one of the best rhythm guitarists in rock history.


Beyond 'Back in Black': An AC/DC Playlist

“Back in Black,” “Highway to Hell” and other AC/DC anthems are known to most casual listeners. But the band’s catalog goes beyond concert and radio staples. In the spirit of the 21-gun salute on AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” here are 21 deeper-cut songs from the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras that deserve greater attention.


Coming from the Land Down Under

Australia has a long, rich history of music that includes many more bands than its most famous offspring, AC/DC. Though synonymous with the raucous bar-band ethos popularized by the likes of AC/DC and Rose Tattoo in the ‘70s, the scene touches on everything from craftsmanlike pop to atmospheric post-punk. Here are some of the best Aussie bands since the ‘60s:


It's the Singer, Not the Song

AC/DC isn’t the only band to replace its original singer and maintain (or expand) its commercial success. While the difficult change has derailed countless artists — or, at the least, lessened their artistic credibility and relevance — the move has been a boon to others. Here are the most significant occasions wherein a substitute vocalist equaled or topped their predecessor.