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Back in Black at 40: The start of a new era for AC/DC

Last Updated Jul 25, 2020 at 10:53 am PST

(Courtesy JACK 96.9 Vancouver @JACK969van)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Saturday marks a milestone anniversary for a landmark album in the AC/DC catalogue.  July 25 marks 40 years since the Angus Young and Company released Back in Black, mere months after the passing of their late frontman Bon Scott.

“There wasn’t a lot of time to do this,” recalls journalist, critic, and writer Martin Popoff.  He is the author of some 85 books, including AC/DC:  Album by Album, available from Voyageur Press.

“And then [Scott’s replacement] Brian Johnson guy is not a very well-known guy.  He comes from a band called Geordie,” he explains.  “Brian comes in.  The album comes out.  And about four months later its gets certified Gold and Platinum.”

Listen to NEWS 1130’s John Ackermann full interview with Martin Popoff:

Popoff says the stars aligned for AC/DC to have a monster hit.

“They have a very melodic hit with You Shook Me All Night Long, they have a very catchy, slow hit with the title track.  It’s accessible yet its still heavy metal.  It’s got like even a little bit of a southern rock vibe to it.”

Back in Black would go on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.  Popoff says the reason we’re still talking about the album 40 years later is because its hits can still be heard on the radio today.