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AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History [Hardcover]

Phil Sutcliffe
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Oct. 14 2010
Formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC has become one of the most popular rock ’n’ roll bands in history. This massive new title follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. No stone is left unturned, from the AC/DC’s formation and early club gigs to its astounding worldwide success. A special cover incorporating Angus on a spinning disc gives way to more than 400 illustrations include handbills, posters, backstage passes, and vinyl from around the globe, as well as rare candid and performance photography. Sidebars from top rock scribes examine all studio releases and delve into the guitar gear of the Young brothers. The result is an awesome tribute to the band renowned for a live-wire stage show and a sonic attack that have attracted fans from all rock camps

Contributors include:
Phil Sutcliffe
Joe Bonomo
Danie Bukszpan
Jen Jewel Brown
Anthony Bozza
Garth Cartwright
Ian Christe
David Dunlap
Andrew Earles
Dave Hunter
James McNair
Martin Popoff
Sylvie Simmons
Bill Voccia

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Classic Rock Magazine (UK), January 2011
“One of those books that actually lives up to its title, this may not be the ultimate AC/DC biography—we’re still waiting for that—but is easily one of the finest books on the band published so far.
“Rammed to the rafters with absolutely brilliant pictures combing their entire career – many of which you absolutely will not have seen before, and almost all of which are stunningly brilliant – the design alone deserves some kind of aware for its colourful ingenuity, and the way it captures the sense of fuck-it fun that has always permeated the best of AC/DC’s adventures.
“Collectors will also delight in the numerous previously unseen pix from all eras, and the wonderful collation of memorabilia, including original Australia-only vinyl record sleeves, tickets and posters. There are also some nicely judged essays from writers besides the estimable Sutcliffe himself. Fair dinkum, mate!”
Guitarist Magazine, January 2011
“This tome is a beautiful visual history of an amazing band, complete with stories of their beginnings, their steady rise to fame, and the shocking loss of frontman Bon Scott. Then you get the story of the group's second career, beginning with the smash album Back in Black. You can hear the sound of those guitars in every photo."

About the Author

London-based journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974 and has interviewed greats like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, and Queen. Phil is also the author of Voyageur Press’ Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, nothing shocking Jan. 9 2013
This book is written by longtime fan and rock journalist Phil Sutcliffe who first covered the band in the mid-70s. A big fan of the band, this book covers its development throughout its entire career. Like many books, there is a lot of focus on the early years. Partly because they are less well known, partly because of they were so productive, partly because of the magic of Bon Scott. But Sutcliffe does a good job covering the bands' origins and development over the years. All the major events in the band's history are here, including what small glimpses the public has learned about what goes on behind the scenes. As a very private band, there's a lot left up in the air with AC/DC. Which is more or less fine with me as all that matters is the end product and that's been a proven classic entity for decades now.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars A for AC/DC Nov. 9 2010
By eddy
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Nice book, fast read, if you're a fan of the band, you'll already know everything in this book. Didn't learn much about the band, I'v been a fan since 1978! Still the best Rock'n roll band on the planet. Nice images, especially the early shots. Few anecdotes, a must for fan, just add it to your collection. worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE for AC/DC Fans!!! Nov. 6 2010
By Rocker - Published on
Fantastic job on this book!! Much like any of the Voyageur Press releases about rock n roll artists, this new book about AC/DC certainly does the band justice, and as a huge AC/DC fan, I must agree! It is packed with great never before seen photos, awesome collectibles, records, memorabilia and other rarities, and some great album reviews by different authors to give a variety of perspectives about AC/DC's history and career. I love it and would recommend buying it, it's definitely one of the very best AC/DC books to come out, well worth the read. GREAT font cover too, you have to see it to believe it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the cover! Oct. 1 2010
By Ed Guy - Published on
The spinner is a clever touch, I must say, and it works surprisingly well. Too bad the publisher doesn't post some sort of vid or .gif to demonstrate it; this static .jpeg just doesn't get the idea across. Not a lot new to say where Acca/Dacca's history is concerned, of course, but the main history is well written, plus this thing is PACKED with photos and memorabilia and new pieces from top hard rock journos that all make it well worth the price. Full of color and nicely designed too. A reverent tribute to a decidedly irreverent band.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!!! Nov. 26 2012
By Gabriella - Published on
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This book is really good, lots of good pictures, history, everything you want to know about AC/DC!!
Totally recommend it
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any library strong in rock n roll music history Jan. 20 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History is simply a 'must' for any library strong in rock n roll music history. AC/DC has over thirty years of concerts and recordings to their name, and this tribute packs in over 400 images including live performances, handbill and gig poster reproductions, photos of their career at all stages, and sidebars of rock information from many sources. Add a specially commissioned band history and definitive discography and you have an outstanding winner!
4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy May 17 2014
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Great! I bought the books for my boyfriend. He was not sure which book it was he heard about, so the package of 3 at such a great price was perfect. The book was in there & now he has a collection to catch up on!
The books were here in what seemed like almost the very next day with the Amazon Prime.
The price was good. Everything was really a good deal!
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