- Pasta blanda: 486 páginas
- Editor: E C W Pr (7 de noviembre de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1770414096
- ISBN-13: 978-1770414099
- Dimensiones del producto: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
- Peso del envío: 703 g
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Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DCs Back in Black (Inglés) Pasta blanda – 7 nov 2017
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"It's hands down the most informative look at AC/DC's golden years, 1977-80, ever." -- The Canton Repository
"Very eye opening. . . Jesse Fink has done rock fans a great service. He dispels the many myths about how AC/DC's Bon Scott lived and died, and in doing so, brings to life one of the most influential, memorable, and complex figures in rock history." -- Greg Renoff, author of Van Halen Rising
"Jesse Fink is not the first writer to suggest that there's something fishy about the official version of Scott's death and its aftermath, but no one else has offered such a plausible or exhaustively researched alternative theory. . . Vindicating old school journalistic rigour, Fink compiles a vast testimony from multiple sources and invites the reader to decide where the truth lies. . . It's a dense, tangled tale, but Fink reveals the humanity behind the myth." - MOJO Magazine
"A very powerful book." - NewsRadio KLBJ 590AM / 99.7FM
"Crossing continents and tracking key figures down, Fink's work here is impressive; his book is exhaustively investigative and engrossing . . . Bon: The Last Highway views AC/DC's final years with Bon Scott as one giant crime scene that has never been properly solved and offers fans much to contemplate." - Exclaim!
"Wildly obsessive and doggedly researched, Bon: The Last Highway sifts through the myths for the truth of what happened to Bon Scott on his last day on earth. Jesse Fink, who seemingly spoke to everyone, moves through a complex web of misconceptions, biases, and addiction-marred memories, connecting narrative strands and hitherto unknown facts. As with Hank Williams - another iconic singer who died mysteriously in the backseat of a car on a lost highway - the story of Bon Scott and his tragic demise may never be accurately known, but this one-man investigation, born of respect for the truth and for Scott as a human being, blazes a new trail." -- Joe Bonomo, author of AC/DC's Highway To Hell (33 1/3 Series)
"It was an honour to be interviewed for this book." -- Barry Bergman, AC/DC's publisher and 'surrogate manager'
"Jesse Fink's book is an interesting read and a great page-turner whether you're particularly interested in Bon himself or just a love of a great Rock and Roll story." - The Rockpit Australia
"Jesse Fink's exhaustively researched book is a revelation for fans." - Ultimate Classic Rock
"It is a fascinating portrait of a troubled man with a serious alcohol addiction. . . Fink does not claim his book is definitive, but it is a damn good effort." - Irish Times
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The death of Bon Scott is the Da Vinci Code of rock
In death, AC/DCs trailblazing frontman has become a rock icon, and the legend of the man known around the world simply as Bon grows with each passing year. But how much of it is myth?
At the heart of Bon: The Last Highway is a special and unlikely friendship between an Australian rock star and an alcoholic Texan troublemaker. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, reveals its importance for the first time.
Leaving no stone unturned in a three-year journey that begins in Austin and ends in London, Fink takes the reader back to a legendary era for music that saw the relentless AC/DC machine achieve its commercial breakthrough but also threaten to come apart. With unprecedented access to Bons lovers, newly unearthed documents, and a trove of never-before-seen photos, Fink divulges startling new information about Bons last hours to solve the mystery of how he died.
Music fans around the world have been waiting for the original, forensic, unflinching, and masterful biography Bon Scott so richly deserves and now, finally, its here.
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Jesse Fink has done an incredible amount of research to find most of the people involved who are still around and free to talk. He emphasises how AC/DC is very much a ‘family business’, controlled by the Youngs – Malcolm, George & Angus. They worked hard to establish a strong “brand image” for the group, so that other outsider band members can come and go as required, but the core group and its identity remain intact. They reinforced this group brand with a rigid musical hard rock formula. Even for a non-fan like me it’s an inspiring story – how the group toured and gigged relentlessly, eventually making it from support act to headliners, taking on and overcoming the American giants of the stadium rock scene like Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Journey, Ted Nugent and all the others. In the same way they gradually forced their way on to and up the crucial Billboard charts, and made sure to cultivate and expand their audience through local FM radio stations.
However, it wasn’t all success and good times. By the time the group were starting to really make it, Bon Scott’s drinking had gone way past having a good time to full blown alcoholism. There’s an interesting account from one of his Texas friends of how he realised that his way of life would kill him if he continued – as it did – and that he was seriously considering leaving the group in order to dry out and get his life back together. Scott comes over as a contradictory mix as a person – time and again his friends describe him as the sweetest, funniest guy offstage, a straightforward blue-collar rocker who wanted to have a good time all the time and share it with his mates. But they also admit to seeing a darker side – the mean drunk who’d behave outrageously and leave others to clear up the mess. In many ways it’s a tale of someone starting to believe their onstage public image too much, and behaving like they think they’re meant to rather than how they want to (see also Sid Vicious, for example). Scott was never a junkie – if he had been, he might well have survived that night – but had a fatal tendency to take whatever was going once he was drunk enough. Heroin and alcohol are a lethal mix, especially for the occasional user like Bon Scott. The book recounts two previous OD close shaves and suggests that they seriously jeopardized his standing with the all-powerful Youngs.
These days going into rehab is practically a career move for aspiring stars, but back in the 70s and 80s it was unknown. The author asks friends and colleagues whether anyone tried to tackle Bon Scott about the extent of his drinking – were people aware that he’d gone on from being the “live hard, play hard” rocker to functioning alcoholic? - but generally gets stock answers about how that’s the way it was back then and everyone was doing it, etc. After a while though, it just feels like everyone was happy to turn a blind eye as long as the gigs went ahead and the bucks rolled in.
Of course the main topic of the book is Scott’s sad death, but inevitably other themes and issues emerge. Jesse Fink has done a fantastic amount of research, given that the core players in the AC/DC machine declined to cooperate. He’s tracked down friends, lovers, colleagues and gone all over the world to talk to them. Inevitably after nearly 40 years there are bound to be occasional contradictions in terms of who/when/where/why, particularly on that last fateful night. Wisely the author presents these separate accounts – as with the differing versions of life with Bon given by the US girlfriends – and leaves us to weigh up the probabilities. For all the little differences in detail, though, eventually most of the accounts converge towards the same final destination.
Astonishingly one previous writer had confidently informed his readers that there was no such person as Alistair Kinnear, that being a convenient invention to protect various sources. Given how well known Alistair was in certain circles it would have been straightforward to establish the main facts. He makes a Zelig-like appearance in a couple of other late 70’s music books I’ve read. Like many of the main people in this story, he’s no longer with us. The author includes an interview Kinnear gave just before his death, but he’s clearly on the defensive about his involvement that night.
Jesse Fink presents the facts and theories and presents a couple of alternative scenarios for how things ended up that night. It’s possible that Bon Scott had died en route back to Kinnear’s place in Dulwich, leaving him with a nightmarish fait accompli to deal with. Equally it’s possible that he was left to sleep it off – allegedly with Kinnear’s front door key and directions up to his flat – and was forgotten/assumed to be alright while his mates had a toot and crashed out. The author shoots down a couple of distortions that had become ‘established facts’ through repetition over the years – a check with weather records show that it was a mild night, so he didn’t freeze to death or die of exposure, nor did he choke on his own vomit as often reported.
Moving on to the inquest, it’s hard to tell whether this was a swiftly organised cover up prompted by the band’s management to protect their investment, or a simpler tale of an over hasty rubber-stamping of the likeliest explanation – i.e. man with reputation as hard-drinking hellraiser found dead after night out, must be alcohol poisoning. An autopsy is not compulsory, as many people think, and is only required if the inquest suggests there are suspicious circumstances. Back then forensic/drug detection techniques were not as refined as they are now. The post mortem revealed that he had half a bottle of whisky in his stomach – only warming up, by Bon Scott’s usual intake levels, but maybe enough for a coroner to opt for the default verdict.
As always in cases like this there are loose ends and non sequiturs dangling tantalisingly, as to who knew what and when, and how the news of his death spread. What is not in doubt that someone connected with the band gained access to Scott’s rented flat in Victoria and cleaned the place out. Scott’s death is the main focus of the book, but Jesse Fink presents a disturbing afterword here that casts doubt on the integrity of the whole AC/DC operation. Among the items taken from the flat were the notebook containing Scott’s lyrics, jottings and ideas for songs, all pretty much ready to go for when the “Back in Black” recording sessions started. The book’s never been seen since, but Fink presents a convincing case that the lyrics were used or adapted, all or in part, on the album but without being credited to Scott. It’s a serious accusation – and one that isn’t answered in the vague and contradictory answers from the Young brothers over the years.
It didn’t take long while I was reading the book to see that some hardcore AC/DC ultras aren’t at all happy with how their hero is presented here. Serious abuse and threats have been directed at the author online. One such reasoned that Bon was in with Australian “bikies”, who hate heroin and anyone who uses it, so therefore the OD theory can’t be true… Contrary to their protests, the book doesn’t say that Bon Scott was a junkie. It does show him as being as fallible as the rest of us, but thrown into a scene with few rules or limits, would we handle it any better? What it does do is show how few restraints there were in the naïve early pre-AIDS days of the 70’s rock scene – such as the mind-boggling account of Scott and one of his girlfriends regularly consuming 20 or 30 Quaaludes a day! – so that something as dangerous and potentially lethal as taking smack became just another item on the menu.
I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in the late 70’s rock scene – rock’s ‘golden age’ according to the author – the depth of research and commitment to the subject really catch the atmosphere of those heady times.
As you'll read in the book - by 1980 there was lots of tension within the band and it took its toll on Bon's drinking and personal life. Bon: The Last Highway does not pull any punches and brings this raw and new, fascinating insight into his final years. It debunks lots of myths that only have grown stronger over the years since Bon Scott's demise. Jesse Fink's research is second to none and he interviewed lots of music industry people, band's associates, lovers, friends - the people who were there and lived the era to the fullest.
Naysayers will object that lots of these people are former alcoholics and drug addicts - but how many of those who were part of the scene were not? Open-minded reader will learn that Bon Scott was just one of us - he had his vices, his life was on a crossroad and he took chances right before his and band's big break - and paid the ultimate price. After reading the book one can't dispute two facts - drugs played part in his death and he had a creative input in Back in Black album.