AC/DC Official Store Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Back in Black

This July, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of AC/DC’s seventh studio album Back in Black, the AC/DC Official Store launched an exclusive capsule of commemorative merchandise. Included in the 40th anniversary collection are new apparel items as well as a selection of other goods like the Back in Black 40th Anniversary Throw Blanket, and the Polar Camel Laser Engraved Tumbler.

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Did You Know?

  • Back in Black is the seventh studio album by AC/DC released on July 25, 1980. It is the band’s first album to feature vocalist Brian Johnson, following the death of previous vocalist Bon Scott.
  • The album was composed by Johnson, Angus and Malcolm Young, and recorded over seven weeks in the Bahamas from April to May 1980 with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who had worked on their previous album. Following its completion, the group mixed Back in Black at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The album’s all-black cover was designed as a “sign of mourning” for Scott.
  • After Back in Black was released, AC/DC’s previous records Highway to Hell, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It, and Let There Be Rock all re-entered the British charts, which made them the first band since The Beatles to have four albums in the British Top 100 simultaneously.
  • Lange’s production for the album had an enduring impact in the music industry; “to this day, producers still use it as the de facto paint-by-numbers guidebook for how a hard-rock record should sound”, rock journalist Joe S. Harrington wrote. In the years after its release, studios in Nashville would use it to check the acoustics of a room, while Motörhead would use it to tune their sound system.

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