Selected as #1 MUSIC BOOK OF 2014 by AllMusicBooks.com
"A largely untold, more controversial story... anything but a hagiography. A fresh, incisive take on the band. Though Fink's deffo off the Christmas card list, he writes passionately about a band he adores."
- MOJO (UK) ★ ★ ★ ★ (four-star review)
"Until a band member puts pen to paper in a proper tell-all exposé - they won't - Jesse Fink's work here is the number one go-to book on the subject, warts 'n' all."
- Uber Rock (UK)
"Fink's look at the band addresses the question that he believes most mainstream rock critics have never been able to answer about AC/DC: 'Why have they endured and resonated with hundreds of millions of people and inculcated such fierce loyalty and outright fanaticism?' The answer is the unrelenting tenacity of the Young brothers... fascinating."
- Publishers Weekly (USA)
"This thought-provoking book definitely breaks some new ground. Arrangement by chapters dedicated to specific songs is a satisfying way of telling the AC/DC story while providing music criticism. Scholarly fans will appreciate the bibliography. This one's a must-read for fans."
- Library Journal (USA)
"A great narrative... it has one very simple, very powerful message for those who would like to dismiss AC/DC as childish hacks: 'Stop being so bloody pretentious!' Thank you, Jesse Fink, for talking some sense into me. 'No matter how hard you try not to react to their music, it's impossible. You cannot listen to an album like Back in Black and not move,' Fink tells me. 'That's what I wanted to celebrate with this book -- the idea that it's okay to rock.' Damn straight, it's about time somebody said it."
- Clark Boyd, PRI's The World (USA)
"A rare, raw look at a band who strove, in many ways very successfully, to keep its business dealings behind closed doors. That is until now."
- BJ Lisko, The Canton Repository, Ohio
"A fantastic new AC/DC book... Fink did a great job. Essential for an AC/DC fan to read."
- Carter Alan, 100.7 WZLX, Massachusetts
"The latest, greatest 'rock read'... an awesome book."
- Buck McWilliams, Gater 98.7 FM, Florida
"An astounding - astounding - book."
- Bill Meyer, KMED, Oregon
"An excellent read."
- Ryan Gatenby, WBIG, Illinois
"The best book on AC/DC ever written."
- Dan Rivers, WKBN, Ohio
"I loved this book."
- Arroe Collins, WRFX, North Carolina
- Mark Mayfield, KSLX, Arizona
With sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world. It's a family business built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young. And, as with any business, some people prospered while others got hurt along the way. The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book you've read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic songs and reveals some of the secrets that went into their making. Important figures from AC/DC's long way to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the bands success are given the credit they are due. Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational details emerge to cast a whole new light on the bands history, especially their early years with Atlantic Records. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N' Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their take on the Youngs' brand of magic. Their music has never pulled its punches. Neither does The Youngs. After 40 years, AC/DC might just have got the serious book it deserves.