Nov 29, 2017

Farewelling Malcolm Young with hymns, fans and family

The legendary AC/DC guitarist, whose funeral was this week, was remembered as a loyal and loving artist.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

To his millions of fans, he was the best rhythm guitarist in the world, but this morning Malcolm Young was remembered as a devoted family man, a tea-drinking serial capsizer of boats and a loyal collaborator with his music label of more than 40 years, Albert Music.

On Tuesday, the Young family and the Albert family turned out in force to farewell the 64 year old musician, whose distinctive, hard-driving sound was the backbone of Aussie rock powerhouse AC/DC. The traditional Catholic funeral was conducted by Monsignor Tony Doherty -- Sydney’s most erudite Catholic priest -- at St Mary’s Cathedral with the Cathedral Choir singing "Amazing Grace", "the Lord is My Shepherd" and "Jerusalem". It wasn’t until the Scots College Pipes and Drums Band, marching in front of his hearse along College St, struck up the first chords of "Long Way to the Top" that we heard a note of the music for which he was famous.

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7 thoughts on “Farewelling Malcolm Young with hymns, fans and family

  1. JennyWren

    Beautifully written Margot. I have tears in my eyes, 64 is too early to check out. How cruel is dementia…. It made watching the Easybeats biopic even more poignant given that George also died a month earlier. Such a talented family!

    1. Margot Saville

      Thanks so much Jenny. The Easybeats series is amazing, isn’t it – Part 2 this Sunday!

  2. DF

    On 15 August 1974, I went to a Lou Reed concert at Festival Hall in Melbourne. The support band had no name on their drums and we didn’t have a program so had no idea who they were except they were from Sydney. They played a terrific set and had the place jumping by intermission. In fact, I recall my mates and I remarking that if Reed were taken ill we would be quite happy to see another set from that band, whose name we still didn’t know but we did note the lead guitarist’s gimmick of a schoolboy cap and shorts.

    1. Margot Saville

      Stevie Wright and AC/DC before Lou Reed, what a night! And thanks for introducing me to – looks great

  3. zut alors

    Thanks for this glimpse inside the farewell service Margot. The Young story is a fascinating one.

    The Bon Scott era still remains their finest for me but there’s no denying that AC/DC has been among Australia’s best for four decades. It’s great seeing their old clips & interviews on the Countdown highlights.

    1. Margot Saville

      I agree with you! I’ve also enjoyed the interviews on Classic Countdown.

  4. mikeb

    What a legacy the Youngs and Alberts left in Australian music. I doubt we’ll see the likes again. Must see TV on iview is “Long Way to the Top” and “Blood + Thunder”.

    RIP Malcolm….the best rhythm rock guitarist ever.

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