Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir

Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir

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by Brian Johnson
     
 

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From PinkCadillac to Low Rider to Little Red Corvette, rock music hasalways had a racy love affair with cars. And AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson isnot only a rock legend, second-to-none at infusing razor-sharp lyrics with thescreaming metal energy of a true rock and roller, but also a dyed-in-the-woolcar fanatic. Books like AC/DC:

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From PinkCadillac to Low Rider to Little Red Corvette, rock music hasalways had a racy love affair with cars. And AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson isnot only a rock legend, second-to-none at infusing razor-sharp lyrics with thescreaming metal energy of a true rock and roller, but also a dyed-in-the-woolcar fanatic. Books like AC/DC: Maximum Rock and Roll and Why AC/DC Matters revealed the secretsof the the world’s greatest rock band—now, in Rockers and Rollers, fans will get arare, riveting window into Brian Johnson’s other driving passion, his love forautomobiles. From teenage memories in the backs of beat-up coups to a sidecareer as a racecar driver, Johnson shares his tantalizing life story—a memoirtold through his lifelong love affair with cars.

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Publishers Weekly
It's surprisingly refreshing that Johnson's lively memoir basically has little to do with writing about life with AC/DC—it's really all about cars. The working-class singer was beginning a successful auto repair business when he joined AC/DC in 1980, and he still remains a gearhead at heart as well as an accomplished racecar driver and auto collector. In each of his more than 90 short and speedy chapters, Johnson offers personal vignettes and expert opinions about the many cars that he has loved and lost. You don't need to know anything about AC/DC to appreciate his funny and highly descriptive writing about everything from the Lotus Cortina Mk1 ("a brick with wheels") and the Citroen Maserati SM ("a beautiful creation that came straight from Hell") to the Rolls-Royce Phantom ("2.5 tons of hand-built sex, with a 7.2 BMW engine with twelve funnels of fun" and the Mini ("the Beatles of motorcars"). (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061990847
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
286,713
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.56(d)

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Rockers and Rollers

A Full-Throttle Memoir
By Brian Johnson

IT Books

Copyright © 2011 Brian Johnson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061990830


Chapter One

As I finish writing this exercise in fun and self-indulgence, I can
only think that we, the generations of people from the 1920s till now
and probably the next thirty years, we are the ones who drove cars,
real cars. We are the ones who rode in the steam and diesel trains;
some of us were lucky enough to fly in Concorde, to listen to the
growl of a V8 Chevy engine, the purr of a Ferrari. We are the ones
who could watch cars and motorcycles racing against each other and
not feel like criminals. We are the ones who could still get speeding
tickets, impress girls with our cars first and penis engineering
afterwards.
Someone picking this up in 2050 might be being transported in
God knows what, some grass-powered hybrid. We have been the
lucky generations. And that's why every new car, every turn of the
ignition key, is a new baby to me. It's what man's made out of nature.
It's rock 'n' roll.
Do I like cars?!

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Brian Johnson was born in Dunstan in Gateshead, England. After working various jobs in Tyneside and fronting local band Geordie, he joined AC/DC in 1980. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, and Rockers and Rollers is his first book.

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Rockers and Rollers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Gnugnu More than 1 year ago
Quick good read
Bugsdaddy5150 More than 1 year ago
If you love cars..this is the book for you. If you love AC/DC ..this is DEFINITELY the book for you. A look inside Brian's upbringing .... to his Lil stints w/ the band. my favorite part of the book is the chapter on Phil Rudd. OMG....I had tears in my eyes I was laughing so much...Its a great read..... From a great singer and great person.......who just happens to front the world's greatest rock band.
Flal More than 1 year ago
Brian is just the real deal. A legend, but a man who is do down to earth, and genuinely funny. Read the whole thing between waiting on line, the train home and finishing after dinner. Funny book and recommend if you are fan of the band or like interesting tidbits on various differnt cars and his experinces with them.