Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott

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The definitive account of AC/DC's rise to fame, when the ribald lyrics and charismatic stage presence of singer Bon Scott, along with the guitar work of Angus and Malcolm Young, defined a new, highly influential brand of rock and roll. Drawing on many interviews and featuring a gallery of rare photos, Clinton Walker traces the band's career through the life of their original front man, from small-time gigs to international success, up to Scott's shocking death in 1980. AC/DC's undiminished superstar status ...

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The definitive account of AC/DC's rise to fame, when the ribald lyrics and charismatic stage presence of singer Bon Scott, along with the guitar work of Angus and Malcolm Young, defined a new, highly influential brand of rock and roll. Drawing on many interviews and featuring a gallery of rare photos, Clinton Walker traces the band's career through the life of their original front man, from small-time gigs to international success, up to Scott's shocking death in 1980. AC/DC's undiminished superstar status (they're the fourth-bestselling band of all time), and their indelible influence on a succession of genres from metal to grunge to rap, ensure that Bon Scott's presence continues to be felt strongly. HIGHWAY TO HELL offers the full story of this seminal rock figure. A consistent seller since it was first published here in 2001, HIGHWAY TO HELL has been updated for this edition. New details that have come to light in recent years about the last hours of Scott's life have been added, enabling the author to dispel persistent rumors and myths and once more set the record straight.

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First published in Australia in 1994 and completely revised for its American debut this biography of the late AC/DC singer Scott (1947-80) can be summed up by one of his frank quotes: "They say to me, `Are you AC or DC?,' and I say, `Neither, I'm the lightnin' flash in the middle.' " After joining one of rock'n'roll's landmark bands, he provided the creative and charismatic spark necessary for AC/DC to reach worldwide fame. And like a flash of lightning, he quickly faded, suffering a well-documented alcohol-related death. Gladly, Walker (Stranded: The Secret History of Australian Independent Music) not only illustrates the early stages of AC/DC but also takes readers on a rollicking tour through the formative years of Australia's rock scene and Scott's prior musical career as a reluctant teen pop star. Littered with drunken escapades, throngs of loose women, and ample road stories, this work proves that the term "sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll" isn't just a catch phrase; it's a way of life. Recommended for larger public libraries and all music collections, as it sheds some much-needed light on Down Under's musical roots. Robert Morast, "Argus Daily Leader," Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780283062636
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 319

Meet the Author

Born in country Victoria in 1957, Walker grew up in Melbourne and, after dropping out of Brisbane Art College in 1976, started writing for student newspaper and his own punk fanzines. After moving to Sydney in 1980 an freelancing for rock magazines such as RAM and Rolling Stones, he gained a reputations as Australia's most prescient and colorful music critic. His early books Inner City Sound (1981 reissued by Verse Chorus Press in 2005) and The Next Thing (1984) were the first to champion punk and independent music in Australia, and are now regarded as classics of DIY cultural history. Walker lives with his wife and two children in Sydney's inner western suburbs, just down the road from AC/DC's birthplace.

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