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Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in Black Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Advance praise for Bon: The Last Highway by Jesse Fink:
"The most extensively researched book on AC/DC ever... it's outstanding. The stories, the crazy attention to every detail ... it's pretty clear this took years to do. It is clearly the mother of all AC/DC books. By a mile and then some. It's killer. This story gets more incredible by the chapter. If you thought you knew Bon Scott, think again. This is as close as anyone is ever gonna get to the complete truth behind the legend, warts and all." - B.J. Lisko, Canton Repository, Ohio
Praise for Jesse Fink's previous book on AC/DC, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC:
"The best book I've ever read about AC/DC." - Mark Evans, former bass player of AC/DC
"I loved it." - Jerry Greenberg (president of Atlantic Records, 1974-'80)
"A great job." - Tony Platt (engineer of Back In Black and Highway To Hell)
"I love the insight Jesse Fink has given us with his new book." - David Thoener (engineer of For Those About to Rock We Salute You)
"A largely untold, much more controversial story... anything but a hagiography. A fresh, incisive take on the band." - MOJO
"An essential read for fans of the band. Most important, The Youngs gives a full portrait of just how significant a role George Young, Malcolm and Angus's older brother, played in AC/DC's development." - The New Yorker
"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
"Jesse Fink is an Australian abroad and he writes like one--with wonderful Aussie terms and flavor--reaching back in time through all the haze and innuendo to try and come up with a definitive look at the origins and influences of AC/DC, and throughout makes the point in response to one contradictory quote after the other from interviewees who refute, report and build one myth upon another. At the vortex of all this are the mysterious Youngs, non-committal, intransigent and defiant. They have their methods which work and have worked like gangbusters for decades, and while none of it is remotely consistent and at times seem downright insidious, they aim for one key element, to protect the inner circle in which they reside.
"[A] remarkable achievement of the book, something quite ambitious, is Fink's attempt to intellectually frame the unframeable; the adolescent, primal beauty of AC/DC's music; its origins, its recording, its live presentations, all of it fluffed off by the critics and even the band as something innately incapable of deconstruction or analyzing. Yet, he does it. And you are better for the experience, and so are the music and the band." - The Aquarian Weekly
"A fascinating, insightful look at the brothers who changed the face of rock 'n' roll and the politics and business that goes hand in hand with the music we all know and love." - Jimmy Stafford, guitarist of Train
"I enjoyed The Youngs very much. I realised while reading it that I didn't know as much about AC/DC as I thought I did. Fascinating stuff." - Charlie Starr, lead singer and guitarist of Blackberry Smoke
"Fink's ability to overcome the Youngs' code of Scottish-Australian omertà is impressive... a cut above other AC/DC tomes, and Fink knows it." - Classic Rock --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
The death of Bon Scott is the Da Vinci Code of rock.
In death, AC/DC's trailblazing frontman has become a rock icon, and the legend of the man known around the world simply as "Bon" grows with each passing year. But how much of it is myth?
At the heart of Bon: The Last Highway is a special ― and unlikely ― friendship between an Australian rock star and an alcoholic Texan troublemaker. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, reveals its importance for the first time.
Leaving no stone unturned in a three-year journey that begins in Austin and ends in London, Fink takes the reader back to a legendary era for music that saw the relentless AC/DC machine achieve its commercial breakthrough but also threaten to come apart. With unprecedented access to Bon's lovers, newly unearthed documents, and a trove of never-before-seen photos, Fink divulges startling new information about Bon's last hours to solve the mystery of how he died.
Music fans around the world have been waiting for the original, forensic, unflinching, and masterful biography Bon Scott so richly deserves ― and now, finally, it's here.
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