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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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“Bon Scott was possibly the most likeable rogue ever to walk the earth, and Clinton Walker paints a vivid picture... -- Who Weekly (Australia)<br /><br />“Great stories about Bon’s reckless spirit, about the Young brothers, about what being on the road is really all about. --Metal Hammer
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Verse Chorus Press; Second Edition edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891241230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891241239
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was great. I don't often read anything, but this one only took a short amount of time because I couldn't stop reading it. It dives back into the life of Bon Scott, but not the Bon Scott that is whats sort of "mythical" or "legend", nor does it start from when Bon joined AC/DC!

This book was originally supposed to be a movie, but Alberts wouldn't allow a movie about Bon to be made. Clinton Walker has not given you a collection of rumors or story's that are just words of fans who heard rumors, he has actually gone and found friends & family of Bon, and gone straight to the horses mouth for the info, from the people who knew Bon best!

It starts from the beginning of Bons life; And gradually tells you about Bon's life during the 50's & 60's, and the previous bands he was with, and why they collapsed. It is very surprising to find out who Bons closest friends actually where!!! Not to mention that many of Australia's best rock bands members all kind of worked together at one stage, or knew each other, it is very interesting to read about who Bon knew!

Then of coarse, the life into Bon's introduction to AC/DC. And it lays to rest the rumors that Bon was a driver/roadie type of person for the band, it explains why people would think that, and the real story of how Bon joined AC/DC; and you will discover it was on purpose, not accidentally as many have come to believe!

There is a lot of great information that let you into the life of not just a rock & roll legend that we are all familiar with fronting the worlds greatest rock band, but also who Ronald Scott was on the inside.
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Before we get started, let's make one thing clear. I am an AC/DC nut. They are my favorite band and have been for 15 years. Sorry to the elders, but being 29 I got in ASAP in the mid to late 80's.
I love this book. I thought I knew it all, but I did not. Bon possibley being thrown out of the band? Contradictory to everything I've read or heard.
The book is gripping, especially the 2nd half. A must read for any AC/DC fan who thought he knew it all. Trust me...you don't.
Great read and great buy. Well written. Highly recommended.
I hope the author writes the "Brian Years". I need to know more...
Steve Malo Litchfield, CT USA
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If you are going to read a biography about Bon Scott and/or AC/DC then THIS book is definately the one to read.

Very well written. Intelligent, detailed, honest and was definately written from the heart. A truly excellent piece of work.

The author had had encounters with Bon personally and seeked out Bons friends & family for information and had Bons parents consent and blessing to do so. Bons mother said, after Clinton Walker asked if it was ok to write a book about Ronald Belford Scott, "Bon would have liked that".

Alberts, who had the AC/DC rights were uncooperative. How absolutely arrogant of them.

In any case Clinton Walker did a brilliant job and this is definately a MUST READ for all Bon Scott lovers.

I was only 7 or 8 years old around the time AC/DC brought out "It's a long way to the top - if you wanna rock n roll", living in Fitzroy, Melbourne, and loved it instantly as I did every other song AC/DC brought out when Bon was singing with the band. Sorry Brian but there is just no comparison.

Bon has made a deep impact into so many millions of lives and the whole world, I'm sure, still mourns this brilliant artist and lover of music (and women).

Bon left us far too early but he will NEVER be forgotten. He will always be loved.
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Five stars for this book on AC/DC legend Bon Scott for a whole stack of reasons.

Firstly even though I'm neither a Bon fan nor an AC/DC acolyte this book is about a guy who really lived the life, walked the talk, did the hard yards - whatever cliche you want to use. For that reason along it makes interesting reading.

Secondly it's so darn readable, you just chew it up. It's a real page turner and given it's got a stack of info about AC/DC as well as the Australian rock scene in the 70's it probably appeals to a broader audience than those beer swilling types that just wnat to hear about drunken exploits.

And that brings me to my third reason for giving this the full five stars. The fact that the author doesn't talk down to his readers. Nor does he fall into the trap of lowering the tone to be inclusive - all up this is a well judged book in the writing department. And it's had a tone of accolades over the years - heck Classic Rock magazine even interviewed the author for a piece they were doing on Bon Scott.

From memory this book got up the noses of the AC/DC institution - more particularly the Young brothers - and at the time I got the impression that it was because the author got too close to the truth and essence of Bon. Having finally gotten the chance to own this book and read it in full has only affirmed my initial suspicion.

An excellent book for any fan of the band who isn't afraid to see one of their heroes look human, all too human.
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