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

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

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by Clinton Walker
 

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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

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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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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891241239
Publisher:
Verse Chorus Press
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,216,464
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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this book is absolutly awsome. for anyone who loves AC/DC especialy the early days then you have to read this book. While other books have focused on the band itself with information on all the band members this one focused totally on Bon, the greatest front man ever. His lyrics are still better than anything being written today. I only wish the other band members had allowed the auther to interview them for this book but many of Bon's closest friends and mates were more than happy to talk about Bon. One question still remains unanswered and that is what happened to Bon's notebook??? He was always writing and had been writing for Back in Black (not yet titled at that time)??anyone??--
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love AC/DC and had to read this book to find out about who Bon Scott really was . I was let down by the book . Clinton Walker didn't really go into any of the seedier side of things of Bon , at least not into all out detail . This book is written by a loyal fan of Bon . Clinton let women and friends ( most notably Mark Evans ) tell it as they saw it . Angus , Malcolm , Phil Rudd and notable others refused to be interviewed for the book . Clinton was even refused by the AC/DC machine to quote Bons lyrics ! The book was origanlly to be a movie , but since he was refused the permission to use the lyrics......and a rock and roll movie has to have some of the songs by the singer . Nope . The one thing I was impressed with was how he figured out AC/DCs tour dates from when Bon joined up , but don't expect any wild road stories . It was like the autor wrote this book with the fear of being sued or offending anyone .