Highway to Hell
Paperback, 320 pages
Since its initial publication in Australia, Highway to Hell has established itself as a classic of rock writing. It's the definitive account of AC/DC's rise to fame as the charismatic stage presence and racy lyrics of singer Bon Scott-plus the formidable guitar work of brothers Angus and Malcolm Young-defined a momentous new style of rock'n'roll.
Drawing on many first-person interviews and featuring a gallery of rare photos, Clinton Walker traces AC/DC's career through the life of their original front man, from his Scottish roots and on to international success-right up to Bon Scott's shocking death in 1980, just as the band were attaining worldwide recognition.
Today, AC/DC's superstar status persists--and Bon Scott's presence is felt in their lasting influence on hard rock, grunge, and rap/metal. The 1999 4-CD set Bonfire, which compiled much of the band's work with Scott, was an international bestseller.
Now Highway to Hell, previously unavailable outside Australia, offers the full story of this seminal rock figure. The author, who has completely revised the text for this first American edition, is available for interviews by phone or email.
About the author:
Clinton Walker's books include Inner City Sound and Stranded: The Secret History of Australian Independent Music. His latest project is a book and film, Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music (2000)
Reviews of the Australian edition:
"Like the Doors after the publication of No One Here Gets Out Alive, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC is about to become a bona fide cult sensation. A timely and acclaimed biography."
"A well-written and thoroughly researched biography sensitive but unsentimental."--Q
"Bon Scott was possibly the most likeable rogue ever to walk the earth, and Clinton Walker paints a vivid picture of not just the man but also the machinations of being in a rock band."
"Great stories about Bon's reckless spirit, about the Young brothers, about what being on the road is really all about. A compulsory read."
"Walker's book [is] much more than a well-written saga of a larrikin rock'n'roll singer he realizes the music doesn't exist in a vacuum-it both shapes and reflects popular culture."