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Why AC/DC Matters Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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About the Author
Anthony Bozza is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem, Slash, co-written with Slash and the #1 bestselling Too Fat to Fish, co-written with Artie Lange. Bozza was a staff writer and editor for Rolling Stone magazine for seven years, during which he profiled a diverse range of artists from Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan to Trent Reznor and U2. He lives in New York City.
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Plus, just the bands methodology and the fact that their concerts are FOR the fans, and
not just for them to make $$. They play their hearts and souls out for three hours.
There are some interesting comment on the book, and in genearl is a plesant reading, but it's not at all undispensable.
I actually like AC/DC, yet this book was a letdown for me. Mr. Bozza kept repeating the same elements over and over (seemed that way to me at least).
The reviewer who said this would make a better magazine article was absolutely correct in my opinion.
Finally, it was too short a book for the price, yet rather conflicting for me was it was too long based on what was actually written - due to the subject matter repeating over and over.
My feeling upon finishing the book was that I just read a (long) introduction and I kept expecting the actual book to start. A shortened version of the book would actually make a great introduction to an AC/DC history book.
this doesn't contain any new info for fans,but it is a nice read for the person who loves all things ac/dc and those curious people who want to know what all the fuss is about some old rockers who always play the same three chords.
Overall, I am not sure who this was written for exactly, except perhaps Bozza himself. For someone who already likes AC/DC, there is really nothing new here. For someone who doesn't particularly like them, or even dislikes them, I doubt they would even pick it up in the first place. And honestly, reading a book about a band is not going to suddenly make you respect or even like that band: I could read that Nickleback has incredible similarities to Beethoven, but I will still think they suck [sorry to any Nickleback fans, but they do... ;) ]. At the end of the day, I think this would have made a much better magazine article than a book - and likely gotten to a wider audience.
But, really, if there's any doubt and if you want to know why AC/DC matter, just get a copy of 'Highway To Hell' and 'Back In Black'. If that doesn't do it for you, then you're clearly never going to be convinced.
What I got from the book is that AC/DC plays simple chords very well and they've been doing it for a long time without changing their style. The author tells us this over and over. I also listened to several of their CDs with both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson as lead vocalists.
I don't want to turn this into a review of my opinion of AC/DC. I will say the author did a good job of interviewing music professors, teachers, and notable musicians for the book. It was presented in easy to follow chapters. This book presents some background stories which I found entertaining.
Overall I think the author did a good job. I enjoyed reading the book. In the end I still don't feel I really know why AC/DC matters. I like their music, especially the Bon Scott era. They've sold a lot of albums and been around a long time which is quite a feat I agree, but I guess it really comes down to opinions. The author really likes AC/DC and wants to share his feelings with the reader. I've never seen them live so maybe if I did that would convince me that they matter.