The Three Guitarists AC/DC’s Angus Young Blamed For Ripping Him Off

Angus Young is a talented guitarist best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter, and only remaining original member of the iconic rock band AC/DC. He is often praised for his energetic stage performances, featuring schoolboy stage outfits and his version of duckwalk. Young started playing guitar and listening to Little Richard when he was around six years old.

While deciding to pursue a music career and trying to find his sound, the guitarist found his inspirations in Malcolm Young, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, and John Lee Hooker’s music. Young’s guitar-playing style is mainly influenced by straight blues and Scottish folk. So, Young has a distinctive style compared to other guitarists in the scene. However, he once claimed that three famous guitarists ripped him off for years. Let’s see who they were.

Angus Young Claimed Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, And Eric Clapton Had Been Ripping Him Off

In an interview that took place on July 23, 1978, Angus Young revealed his thoughts on other guitarists. At that time, AC/DC had released their fifth studio album ‘Powerage,’ and Young was continuing his music career with the band.

At some point during the interview, the interviewer asked Young whether he was aware of Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page’s music efforts. As a response, Young said they have been ripping him off for years. He then added that they were all famous when he began playing guitar.

As reported by Ultimate Guitar, the interviewer asked Angus Young the following:

“So you were aware of people like Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page?”

Young then responded:

“Yeah, they’ve been ripping me off for years. At the time I was playing, these were all the people who were famous. Jeff Beck, I don’t know about; all I ever heard of Jeff Beck was when he played rock and roll, I don’t know what he’s doing now.

And Jimi Hendrix was an entertainer. He was on the television program ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ in England and he was playing ‘Wild Thing’ or something like that, and all that was a f*ckin’ noise.”

So, it seems like Angus Young believed Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page ripped his music off, although they were already famous in the music scene before him. However, the music efforts or elements he claimed these guitarists ripped off remain unknown as he didn’t give any details about this issue.