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Highway to Hell: The Life and Death of Bon Scott


Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743547328
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 27/10/2015
  • Category: Biography & True Stories / Biography: arts & entertainment
    Biography & True Stories / Biography: general
    The arts / Rock & Pop music
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 376
  • Price: $29.99

'A revelation...the most perceptive book written about an Australian rock figure' Sydney Morning Herald

When Bon Scott died in London in 1980, AC/DC were on the brink of becoming the world's biggest rock band. As the lightning bolt of lyrical inspiration behind their songs and frontman for their high voltage live performances, Bon was already a legend. In death, he became the ultimate Australian rock icon.

Highway to Hell tells Bon Scott's story in two-fisted prose drawn from deep research and scores of interviews. It charts the long way to the top for a larrikin lad from Fremantle who rose out of the rubble of a primitive pop scene to become the voice of a generation - the raucous howl and mischievous glint in classic songs like 'TNT', 'Jailbreak', 'Let There Be Rock', 'Dirty Deeds' and 'Whole Lotta Rosie', which are still finding new fans to this day.

Since it was first published to worldwide acclaim in 1994, Clinton Walker's Highway to Hell has endured as the definitive book on Bon Scott and AC/DC. It stands as a moving and vivid tribute to the redemptive power of rock'n'roll and to a unique man who gave his life in pursuit of a wild, beautiful dream.

'Great reporting, scholarship and storytelling' Rolling Stone (US)

Author Information

Clinton Walker has been called 'our best chronicler of Australian grass-roots culture'. Born in Bendigo, he has published nine books, including: Inner City Sound, Buried Country, Golden Miles, History is Made at Night, The Wizard of Oz and the bestselling Highway to Hell. He has worked extensively in TV, notably on the film version of Buried Country and on the ABC's Long Way to the Top and Studio 22. He is currently working on a cultural history of Saturday Night Fever called Reverse Crossover. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.