“AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years”, is a resplendent illustrated guide to the glory years of Australia’s pivotal hard rockers. The book is due to be published on November 14 by Jawbone Press.
The years 1973 to 1980 aka, the Bon Scott era, are arguably the most significant of AC/DC’s five-decade career. During that time the band recorded six studio albums and established a diehard fan base that stretched from Australia to Europe to North America.
Their brilliant output saw the group tour relentlessly, creating controversy and chaos in their wake. One such incident occurred in Australia which saw the band’s albums banned, their gigs were cancelled, and they were hounded by the police. That was thanks to Angus Young who dared reveal his backside at a press conference.
Despite the mayhem, the band were amassing a body of work that remains unmatched in hard rock history. Most of AC/DC’s classic songs were cut during this time — “Dirty Deeds”, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation”, “High Voltage”, “If You Want Blood”, “Whole Lotta Rosie”, “It’s A Long Way To The Top”, “Let There Be Rock”. The fact that these fan favourites are still staples of the band’s live sets today, serves as a testament to the songs themselves.
Packed full of rare photos and memorabilia, this large-format, full-color book is a document of all the key events of this busy period. It starts with the band’s very first shows in the suburbs of Sydney. This even before the name AC/DC had been dreamed up by Malcolm and Angus’s big sister, Margaret Young. The manic period for the band culminates with 1979’s “Highway To Hell”, the album that opened the door for the mammoth success of “Back In Black” and everything else after that.
That record prompted both an end and a new beginning for the band. with the untimely death of Bon Scott. Jeff Apter is also the author of “High Voltage: The Life Of Angus Young, AC/DC’s Last Man Standing”.
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Feature Image: “AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years”: Jawbone Press.
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