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

January 15, 2005

Clinton Walker is the man telling us about the Highway to Hell that ACDC drove down manytimes. 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.

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