'AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll'
By: Phil Sutcliffe
(Hard Cover / 224 pages / Voyageur Press / ISBN: 0760338329 / $35.00)
Description: Formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC has become one of the most popular rock 'n' roll bands in history. This massive new title follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. No stone is left unturned, from the AC/DC's formation and early club gigs to its astounding worldwide success.
Verdict: AC/DC, currently comprised of Brian Johnson (vocals), Angus Young (lead guitar), Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), Cliff Williams (bass), and Phil Rudd (drums), were formed in Australia during the early 1970s. The group - then led by hard-living frontman Bon Scott - became a regional sensation with a brand of tough, bluesy hard rock, that soon translated globally, on the strength of such classics as “T.N.T.,” “Dirty Deeds,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Sin City,” and “Highway to Hell.”
But on the eve of becoming a worldwide arena headliner, Scott died in 1980 after a hard night of drinking. Replaced by Johnson, the group issued 'Back in Black' just a few months later, and has been rightfully considered one of rock's all-time great recording and live acts.
'AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll' is packed with great, never-before-seen photos, awesome collectibles, records, memorabilia and other rarities. A special cover incorporating Angus on a spinning disc is a very nice touch. Inside, there are many, oh so many great album reviews by different journos to give a variety of perspectives about AC/DC's history and career.
But wait, that's not all. For inside features over 400 illustrations - including handbills, posters, backstage passes, and vinyl from around the globe! I know, it can't get any bigger, better, fuller can it ... can it?
Well, there's also info on the guitar gear championed by the Young brothers, as well as rare candid and performance photography! I'm quite sure that there has NEVER been an all-encompassing AC/DC book that chronicles the group's entire history as vividly as this one. Stand in me, if there is, I guess!
Anyway, as you can guess, I loved it and would recommend anyone to buy it for a music lovers' Christmas present. My God, it's well worth the price and will keep you enthralled for weeks to come!