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AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll

The Ultimate Story of the World’s Greatest Rock-and-Roll Band

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Over three decades and more than 150 million albums, AC/DC has established itself as much more than just a great rock band. For millions of fans spanning several generations across the world, they are an ear-bleedingly loud, sweat-soaked religion, courtesy of such classic albums as Highway to Hell and Back in Black.

Now, in a book of astonishing breadth and scope, comes, for the very first time, the complete story of AC/DC. Everything you ever wanted to know and plenty more you never dreamt of is all here, the ultimate balls-out adventure, laced with sex, drunken escapades and brawls. It's a journey that started in the suburban Sydney, Australia, bedrooms of brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, boys who could wreak havoc with their guitars. Over their power chords were the lyrics and voice of Bon Scott, who would lead them higher and higher—until his tragic death in 1980. The bittersweet irony after his death was that not only did the Youngs manage to hold together without him, but the band's fortunes and status skyrocketed with his replacement, Brian Johnson, and the album Back in Black.

Five long years in the making, AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll is sourced from more than 1,300 interviews the band has given over the past thirty years combined with in excess of 75 of the authors' own interviews with those who worked with AC/DC both in the studio and on the road—many of whom have never spoken about the band publicly. It's topped off with stunning, never-before-seen photos to create the ultimate portrait of the ultimate rock band.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 31, 2007 – Five years in the making, the definitive biography of the wildly successful Australian rockers has been crafted by journalist Engleheart and leading AC/DC expert Durieux. Covering everything from guitarist Angus Young's first record purchase (a Yardbirds album) to the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all points in between, this book is a godsend for fans. Placing an emphasis on the formative years, Engleheart and Durieux chronicle the band's rise to the top in detail without getting bogged down—quite a feat, considering their source material includes more than 1,300 interviews with the band and more than 75 new interviews. While much of the story will be familiar to longtime fans, there is enough obscure trivia and anecdotes to keep it interesting, and the writers wisely give priority to the voices of those who were there. The authors also dispel many myths surrounding the band, including those attached to legendary front man Bon Scott's death and the infamous cover of their Highway to Hell album. So faithful to the spirit of the band it could leave readers' ears ringing, this book is required reading for any serious fan of rock music.

Customer Reviews

Great Read

Love the band, enjoyed the insight into the band that this book provided. Well worth the $$ for any AC/DC fan.

Great book

I really enjoyed this book...I have always loved AC/DC but now i have a new found respect for the AC/DC family. Well done.

Lots of good info

Reading this book, plus the book written by Mark Evans (who was actually in the band), will give you a fairly complete background on the history and inside stories of a band that doesn't talk much about itself. The author tracked down a lot of good information from various sources, printed and via interviews.

AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Oct 13, 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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