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AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History Hardcover – Oct 14 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (Oct. 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338322
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 9 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c1839d8) out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE for AC/DC Fans!!! Nov. 6 2010
By Rocker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c18381c) out of 5 stars Love the cover! Oct. 1 2010
By Ed Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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
HASH(0x9c74cb64) out of 5 stars I know I have made a great choice! The book is packed with pictures (some ... Nov. 2 2014
By debbrs7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was bought as a gift for my brother as he is a huge AC/DC fan. After receiving this, I know I have made a great choice! The book is packed with pictures (some never before seen.) You can tell they took their time making this the perfect compilation of stories and pics throughout their career. This is a must have for any collection. I am not even a huge fan of AC/DC and even I enjoyed looking through it. So glad I purchased!
HASH(0x9c72b390) out of 5 stars A good introduction to AC/DC Nov. 30 2013
By The Booker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a good basic overview of the band AC/DC, but really didn't go too deep into any aspects of the members' personalities. Since the book wasn't hyped as a definitive biography, I guess that shouldn't have been expected or a surprise. So to be honest, I really don't know much more about the group than I did before reading.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c740cfc) out of 5 stars Amazing Book!!! Nov. 26 2012
By Gabriella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is really good, lots of good pictures, history, everything you want to know about AC/DC!!
Totally recommend it