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Get the first complete, illustrated tribute to one of the most popular bands in rock history, now revised and updated. 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 revised book follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. No sto Get the first complete, illustrated tribute to one of the most popular bands in rock history, now revised and updated. 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 revised book 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. 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 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, and Bill Voccia.


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Get the first complete, illustrated tribute to one of the most popular bands in rock history, now revised and updated. 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 revised book follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. No sto Get the first complete, illustrated tribute to one of the most popular bands in rock history, now revised and updated. 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 revised book 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. 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 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, and Bill Voccia.

50 review for AC/DC, Revised & Updated: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schwensen

    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 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    D

    Sutcliffe's history of rock's Down Under bad boys is lucidly written, with a rather reportorial remove. (Sutcliffe for instance is always careful to note whenever the attribution of a quote is difficult to definitively establish.) The book is clearly marked as "not licensed or approved by AC/DC," but it's scarcely adversarial. Sutcliffe will occasionally note when there are discrepancies around a particular event, but that's about as controversial as it gets. The emphasis is on the band's chrono Sutcliffe's history of rock's Down Under bad boys is lucidly written, with a rather reportorial remove. (Sutcliffe for instance is always careful to note whenever the attribution of a quote is difficult to definitively establish.) The book is clearly marked as "not licensed or approved by AC/DC," but it's scarcely adversarial. Sutcliffe will occasionally note when there are discrepancies around a particular event, but that's about as controversial as it gets. The emphasis is on the band's chronology, particularly as represented by its recording career. Each album gets a stand-alone essay-cum-encomium from one of the long list of guest contributors (more contributors also tackle other sidebar topics, like the band's gear, and the band's brief association with early punk). There are biographical introductions to the main players, and Sutcliffe waxes ecstatic about a gig he personally attended or a record he particularly loves a few times, but it's not a deep-diving book. Arguably, AC/DC's story -- certainly since 1980 -- doesn't afford many opportunities to dive deep. There've been the expected substance-abuse-related departures, some with eventual triumphant sober returns. The band earned a bit of Moral Majority outrage (although not as much as, say, Judas Priest). They've continued to release workmanlike albums, about which many of you can sense the contributors struggling to find good things to say. The still-living band members have a reputation for avoiding groupie shenanigans and don't slag each other off in the press. Compared to the likes of Metallica or Pink Floyd, they offer little drama. In 1980, of course, they lost Bon Scott, the frontman and lyricist behind all their classic seventies releases to "misadventure" (straight-up alcohol poisoning, Sutcliffe establishes, no vomit involved). After scant weeks they were in the studio with new singer Brian Johnson, recording Back in Black, an unassailable classic (not the best hard rock album, nor even the best AC/DC album, but if you're only going to ever hear one hard rock album in your life, still the one you should chose). Sutcliffe gives no credence to longstanding rumors that Scott wrote some of Back in Black's lyrics; Johnson credits Scott's spiritual presence with helping him craft songs like the mighty title track and "You Shook Me All Night Long." Those two songs have always seemed closer to me to Scott's cheerful "gutter poetry" than anything else I ever heard with Johnson's credits on it. (Confession: I'm pretty sure I bought Flick of the Switch in college, but it was the last AC/DC record I owned, so there are still Johnson-penned lyrics I haven't heard.) This is the thing about AC/DC that's struck me as a bit sad for the past three decades. Johnson's a capable singer and front man, but for me the enduring magic of AC/DC is split roughly half between those miraculously simple, dense, and catchy riffs, and Scott's demented, puckish, persona. I can't imagine Johnson ever coming up with anything as off-handedly brilliant as "Problem Child"'s slurred aside, "even my mother hates me," or making violence as funny (or alliterative) as "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" does. I think it's telling that the nicest thing the essayists find to say about the several "comeback" albums is that some of the songs have a spirit similar to one of Scott's songs (or something from Back in Black). The book definitely delivers on the "ultimate illustrated" score, with plenty of album sleeves, tour ads, backstage passes, ticket stubs, and promo items to accompany the many, many live shots of Angus Young grimacing, and of the rest of the band too. (You might wonder if there's a Dorian Gray-styled picture of Angus Young squirreled away somewhere, although excluding his hair.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Meh. I liked the pictures of concert posters and concert tickets. I liked the info about each album. The copy just seemed kind of dry and lacklustre But the true mark of a good coffee table book is that I would buy it to lay on my coffee table and this one...I just wouldn't. Although the spinny thing on the front cover was pretty cool. Meh. I liked the pictures of concert posters and concert tickets. I liked the info about each album. The copy just seemed kind of dry and lacklustre But the true mark of a good coffee table book is that I would buy it to lay on my coffee table and this one...I just wouldn't. Although the spinny thing on the front cover was pretty cool.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Wilson

    What a fun ride back in time! High Voltage- has many never before seen pictures, rock memorabilia and some great stories from the band as they have toured the world many times over. This is a must read for all the legions of AC/DC fans out there. It truly is a rags to riches success story!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve Jones

    Great pictures and a good introduction to the band.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicola D'agostino

    Tanti dati, belle foto e ottimi spunti ma il risultato lascia a desiderare: confuso, ripetitivo e un po' oioso per il tono da fan. Tanti dati, belle foto e ottimi spunti ma il risultato lascia a desiderare: confuso, ripetitivo e un po' oioso per il tono da fan.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This book has the best pictures of the band killing it on stage.Second time I've read it. This book has the best pictures of the band killing it on stage.Second time I've read it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mr Stephen Gibson

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tzounakas

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  13. 5 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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