AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History Hardcover – Oct 14 2010
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London-based journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974 and has interviewed greats such as Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, and Queen. Phil is also the author of Voyageur Press' AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History.
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On the plus side, the book has some great photos, including a lot of rare pressing that are almost all taken from one fan's awesome collection. There are reviews of each album written by various authors. Their opinions, generally, were both slightly different from Sutcliffe's and more in line with my own views. So that was a nice touch. As were the comments from fellow musicians, especially the more established ones like Joe Perry or Jimmy Page. All in all then, this is a great introduction to the band and the more hardcore fans will still probably find a new piece of information here and there. It's not a book that I found awesome or revealing, but it was a good read about one of the greatest rock bands of all time (one of the greatest musical acts of all time). This is a solid four-star book for AC/DC fans, maybe five stars if you're a new fan and want a good introduction to the band and their body of work.
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Instead it was billed as the ultimate illustrated history. The illustrations include a lot of flyers, posters, tickets and cover images of AC/DC album and single releases from various countries. Like many groups including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones early in their careers, AC/DC had different album covers depending on where they were released. Some were basically the same or very similar with different coloring or in many cases, different cartoon illustrations. Others were completely different, which made comparisons interesting.
I would've requested more rare shots of the band on stage and off with both Bonn Scott and Brian Johnson. And like I said, it gave a decent overview of these guys and more so deservedly, the Young brothers Angus and Malcom who started the band and keep it rolling. Each disk and song were also reviewed and remembered. But since the focus was on "illustrated" I hate to admit (and this is a callback folks) that I don't know much more about how the group looked at different stages of their long career than I did before reading.
Though diehard fans would probably want more, this was a good introduction to the band. It'll make you want to expand your collection of AC/DC disks and scream along with Bonn and Brian, but I consider it to be the warm-up act for a definitive biography.
Totally recommend it
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