Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir

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By night, Brian Johnson sings in the biggest rock 'n' roll band on the planet. But by day, AC/DC's frontman drives balls to the wall.

When he was a young boy growing up in a working-class English town, Brian developed what would become a lifelong passion for cars, trolling junkyards and even pretending to drive the family car. From there, he steamed up the windows of his old Mini Cooper as a teenager, spent untold time in hygienically ...

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By night, Brian Johnson sings in the biggest rock 'n' roll band on the planet. But by day, AC/DC's frontman drives balls to the wall.

When he was a young boy growing up in a working-class English town, Brian developed what would become a lifelong passion for cars, trolling junkyards and even pretending to drive the family car. From there, he steamed up the windows of his old Mini Cooper as a teenager, spent untold time in hygienically challenged tour buses, was chauffeured in leather-trimmed limos, and raced cars to a checkered flag.

Featuring guest stars Cliff Williams, Malcolm and Angus Young, and many, many others—even Arnold Schwarzenegger—Rockers and Rollers is a tribute to Brian's obsession with four wheels. By turns surprising, poignant, funny, and maybe a little bit bawdy, these are the stories of a man who drives as hard as he rocks.

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Editorial Reviews

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061990847
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 237,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Johnson

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

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
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?!


Excerpted from Rockers and Rollers by Brian Johnson Copyright © 2011 by Brian Johnson. Excerpted by permission of IT Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

The Last Chapter 1

Reflecting on the end of the beginning

Kids In Dunston 2

Exploring dangerous places

The Driving Test 4

The harrowing adventures of the road test

Tour Bus 7

Not your father's tour bus story

Rovers and Rollers 9

Dead or alive, you will be driven in style

Cliff Williams 11

Occupation: World's Best Rock 'n' Roll Bass Player

Beauty and the Beast 14

If Hell were a vacation, this would be it

The Hummer and the Schwarzenegger 16

AC/DC, an Austrian, a music video, and a rather large vehicle

Lotus Cortina Mkl 18

How to crash your first race car

From Bedfords to Bedknobs 20

Building a car with a headboard

The Wolseley 22

My first love

Grand National 25

The race that stopped a country

The Bulldog and the Chick 26

When an old Brit shags a beautiful Italian

The Bsa Bantam 28

The opposite of a chick magnet

A Lovely Story 30

How not to order room service

The E-Type Penis Extension 31

Too hot to run

The Pilbeam 33

A lot more tit for your bang

TVR 38

Two seats and a shelf

The Mini 39

The Beatles of cars

Phil Rudd 41

Occupation: World's Best Drummer

Sebring 44

"Does Rose Kennedy have a black dress?"

My Dad and Mam 48

Trying to repay a debt

Popular 50

King of the road

The Isle of Man 51

Escaping the tax man

Reckless on the Airbus 320 52

"What the fuck are you doing?"

Land Rover LRs 54

Cheering up Cliff

Road Trip 55

Drive this

Brendan Healey 58

Drinking fractionally

Crackerjack 61

It all starts with the toys

Take a Backseat 63

"Don't be shy, your mother wasn't."

The Phantom 65

The black velvet humpback whale

My First Race Meet 68

Finding the Autodrome

Austin A35 72

A smiling pregnant snail

Malcolm Young 75

Occupation: Worlds Greatest Riffmeister

Günther 77

If a marine were on steroids and driving

My Brother, Maurice 79

Car rats in arms

Angus Young 82

Occupation: Devilish Imp Schoolboy Guitarist

Cars and Music 84

You can't have one without the other

Tour Bus Tippy-Toe 86

Taking on the mentally challenged moral minority

Marital Blues 1968 89

Riding shotgun

Jerry Wexler (Rock in Peace) 90

Rhythm and blues and Saabs

Tour Bus II 92

"No shitting allowed. Shagging expected."

The Things You Do For Vans 94

Parachute jumping ain't fun

Car Porn 96

Make sure the door's locked

Lots of Trouble, Usually Serious 101

What L-O-T-U-S really stands for

Paul Newman 104

Gentleman of the track

Pimp My Ride Rant 106

Making beautiful cars awful

Awesome Bill From Dawsonville 108

How moonshine made race cars

The Greats 111

Are they drivers or gods?

The Bounder Unleashed 114

Too huge to drive

Moscow 1991 118

Playing the sound of freedom for a million people

Alligator Alley 121

Home is where the alligators are

Teacake 123

Handicapped cars are dangerous

The Italian Job 125

Death and destruction

La Dolce Vita 123

How Italy changes you

Aston Martin Zagato 132

When a Renzo marries a Zagato

Citroënds 135

"Right, I'm up and I'm staying up until I get a shag."

Hurley Haywood 138

Keeping your head horizontal

The Memphis Belle 140

The noise that will live with me forever

Concorde 142

Sitting on top of Mount Vesuvius

The Anal Intruder 145

The terrorizing of AC/DC

Accident-Prone 147

Unsafe driving

James Dean 149

Were directors shagging him?

Cars On Film 150

The movies that get it right

Donald "Duck" Dunn 154

The Blues Brother

Notes From the Front Line: Wilkes-Barre 155

The Godfather of Music transportation 157

The kind of car royalties get you

Geordie Defty 159

Stilletoed shagger

The Tyne Tunnel 161

She crosses her legs so you can't get out

Brands Hatch 183

Supergluing your ass to the wall

Haggis 165

What happens when you microwave it

The Biggest Winning margin Ever 187

From Peking to Paris

Notes From the Frontline: Minneapolis 169

Scientologist Dave 170

A spooky fuck

Harley-Davidson 172

What you find in Australia

Notes From the Front Line: Toronto 174

Derek "Deke" Rootham 175

Peeing in a pint glass

David Whittaker 178

Tighter than a fish's arse

The Unreality of the Race 177

Why reality television sucks

Geordie 184

Starting a band in a lousy year

Fiat 500 188

A cautionary tale

Jaguar 2.8 MK2 187

Owning a car you can't afford

Windshields 189

A career born

The Dog's Dangly Bits 193

How to pass time on the road

Lincoln Continental 195

Safe operating speed: O

The Benefits of Driving in France 198

Siamese twins walk into a pub

Sexy French Cars 197

I'm-French-and-fuck-you attitude

Porsche Twin Turbo 199

Smoking is dangerous foryour car

Historic Racing Machines 202

When it's magic time

Notes From the Front Line: Atlanta 203

North-East Vinyls and Ac/Dc 204

The two career choices and what I chose

The End 209

The end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012


    Waits for somebody

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  • Posted February 27, 2012


    Quick good read

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Pure Brian..Pure AC/DC...Pure Fun!!!!!!!

    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.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Got the book today ....signed!

    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.

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