1973 - 1980: The Bon Scott Years
Jawbone Press, 9781911036418, 256pp.
Publication Date: November 14, 2018
At one low point in Australia, the band's records were banned, their shows were cancelled, and they were hounded by police – all because Angus Young dared bare his spotty backside at a press conference. In the midst of the mayhem, however, they were building a body of work that remains unmatched in hard rock. Many of AC/DC's classic songs were cut during this time – Dirty Deeds, Rock and Roll Damnation, High Voltage, If You Want Blood (You Got It), Whole Lotta Rosie, Long Way to the Top, Let there be Rock, and more – and it says plenty that these fan favourites are still staples of the band's current live sets today.
Illustrated throughout with rare photographs from the era, this book documents all the key events of this frenetic time, beginning with the band's very first shows in the bloodhouses of suburban Sydney – even before the name AC/DC had been dreamed up by Margaret Young, Malcolm and Angus's big sister – and culminating with 1979's Highway to Hell, the album that paved the way for the mammoth success of Back in Black and all that was to follow, and the untimely death of Bon Scott, both an end and a new beginning for the band.
About the Author
Jeff Apter is the author of High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young AC/DC’s Last Man Standing, published by Chicago Review Press in April 2018; he ghostwrote Dirty Deeds, former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans’s bestselling memoir. He also worked as ghostwriter with AC/DC’s manager, Michael Browning, on his book Dog Eat Dog. Jeff’s other subjects include Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Jeff Buckley, and the Bee Gees. The former Music Editor at Australian Rolling Stone, Jeff was the dramaturge for the award-nominated live show A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley, which toured Australia successfully in 2015. www.jeffapter.com.au