- Series: 33 1/3
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (May 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441190287
- ISBN-13: 978-1441190284
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.3 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joe Bonomo teaches in the English Department of Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America's Garage Band (Continuum 2007), and Installations (Penguin), a collection of prose poems. His personal essays and prose poems have appeared in numerous literary journals.
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My personal favorite has always been Let There Be Rock (Dlx), but Highway to Hell is probably the one most people would choose as the Bon Scott classic and defining moment. I won't argue with that. Nor will I argue with this book.
Like most everything else I've read in this series, the book is personal, a little quirky and an attempt to bring the reader a sense of being the listener. To it's credit, is does this better than many. The book is simply fun, catchy and has a driving beat - like the album it is about. It looks at the band, their career up to this (the album's) point, the circumstances of recording it and the pressures on it and the band to be the one that put them over the top. It did.
Of course, Scott seems to have been BORN over the top, and the books portrait of him does him proud and, despite this in no way attempting to be a biography, this is a pointed and thoughtful view of him and what he brought to the band.
And it is just fun to read. It is thoughtful without being ponderous, well-researched without straining to show off its' authors bona fides or academic prowess. A very strong entry in the series and a fun book about the album as a standalone.
I know there's precious little info out there on the making of this album. Writing a book like this is not easy. But when so little of the book covers the making of the album in the studio.... we get stuck with filler material that adds very little to the historical importance of this album. Do not buy this if you are a behind the scenes fan. Or even a MUTT fan.
I'm not sure that question can really be answered. A classic album of loud, headbanging songs about rough sex and the pursuit of more of the same doesn't stand up to deep analysis, and why should it? It's music for the body, not the mind, and it can be performed and recorded well or badly. The energy and sincerity of this music was caught live in the studio by an engineer and producer who knew enough to get out of the band's way and let them rock out, and that it turned out to be singer Bon Scott's drunken last will and testament is one of the ironies of pop art.
Writer Joe Bonomo does an excellent job of analyzing these tracks, arguing for what works (or doesn't) for him, and goes on to muse on some telling photographs of the band in their up-and-coming years, and to ask for his high school friends' recollections of this music, and what it means to them now. He has little use for AC/DC's records with Brian Johnson as the frontman; Bon Scott's perpetual adolescence, however damaging, was both genuine and irreplaceable.
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