In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

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Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died November 18th at age 64 from complications of dementia.

"Malcolm gave rock and roll a fist. He'd give it a kick in the ass," AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson told Rolling Stone. "People always used to ask Mal, 'How do you get that sound, man?' Malcolm either wouldn't tell them or just really couldn't explain it. He would just go, 'We just play.' I used to stand next to him at the end of 'Let There Be Rock,' where there is a big huge build at the end and it builds and builds. Malcolm would go through two guitar picks during that one song. He would wear them down. He was the most precise guitarist."

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