Rock Historian Urges Australian Government To Preserve AC/DC Childhood Home

In a recent newspaper article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Rock historian Glenn A. Baker urged the government to include the former house of the Young family (childhood home of AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young) in the list of places to be preserved for the Australian national heritage.

Writes Baker: "The Youngs, who set up house as THE BEATLES and pop hysteria began sweeping the world, were in the process of establishing a rock dynasty within those humble walls — whether they realised it or not. First came guitarist/songwriter George Young, creative pivot of the EASYBEATS. Such was that group's manic popularity that when a fan magazine foolishly revealed the Burwood address, about 300 girls from four local schools descended upon the place that afternoon, running amok, trampling little brother Angus and seizing everything their trembling, ink-stained hands could reach (including George) until they were removed by the police.

"The experience must have had quite an impact on Angus and brother Malcolm because as soon as they were old enough they formed their own band, AC/DC, the name suggested by older sister Margaret after she saw it on a small steel warning plate attached to the family treadle sewing machine which had been converted to electric power.

"As legend has it (or will have it, one hopes), she would sit up till all hours sewing Angus's stage 'schoolboy' shorts on that machine — thereby generating the sort of image perfectly suited for a spectacular, tourist-friendly Sound and Light Show with sonorous voice-over. Australia's rock/pop heritage trail may yet be founded."

(Thanks: Crabsody In Blue)

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