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Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in Black (Anglais) Relié – 1 novembre 2017
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Praise for Bon: The Last Highway by Jesse Fink:
'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)
'The most in-depth investigation into what happened to Bon Scott on the night of his death you'll ever read.'
- Rich Davenport, Rich Davenport's Rock Show
'The most extensively researched book on AC/DC ever... it's outstanding. The stories, the crazy attention to every detail ... it's pretty clear this took years to do. It is clearly the mother of all AC/DC books. By a mile and then some. It's killer. This story gets more incredible by the chapter. If you thought you knew Bon Scott, think again. This is as close as anyone is ever gonna get to the complete truth behind the legend, warts and all.'
- B.J. Lisko, Canton Repository, Ohio
'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
'Fink leaves no stone unturned in this deep biography of Bon Scott, the original AC/DC front man.'
- Publishers Weekly
'It was an honour to be interviewed for this book.'
- Barry Bergman, AC/DC's publisher and 'surrogate manager' at Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, 1976-79
Praise for Jesse Fink's previous book on AC/DC, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC:
'The best book I've ever read about AC/DC.'
Mark Evans, former bass player of AC/DC
'I loved it.'
- Jerry Greenberg (president of Atlantic Records, 1974-'80)
'A great job.'
- Tony Platt (engineer of Back In Black and Highway To Hell)
'I love the insight Jesse Fink has given us with his new book.'
- David Thoener (engineer of For Those About to Rock We Salute You)
'A largely untold, much more controversial story... anything but a hagiography. A fresh, incisive take on the band.'
Présentation de l'éditeur
The death of Bon Scott is the Da Vinci Code of rock. As the legend of the man known around the world simply as 'Bon' has grown with each passing year since his untimely death, AC/DCs trailblazing frontman has become a rock icon. But how much of it is true and how much is myth?
At the heart of Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black is a special - and unlikely - friendship between a Scottish-born Australian rock star and an alcoholic Texan rebel. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, reveals its importance in Bon's story for the first time.
Leaving no stone unturned in a journey that begins in Austin in 1977 and ends in London in 1980, Fink takes the reader back to the end of the '70s, 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 Bon's lovers, newly unearthed documents, and a trove of never-before-seen photos, Fink divulges startling new information about Bon's incredible life and his final hours to solve the mystery of how he died.
Music fans around the world have been waiting for the original, forensic, unflinching, masterful biography Bon Scott so richly deserves and now, finally, it's here.
Praise for Bon: The Last Highway:
'The most extensively researched book on AC/DC ever ... it's outstanding. This is as close as anyone is ever gonna get to the complete truth behind the legend, warts and all.'
- B. J. LISKO, Canton Repository
'This one-man investigation, born of respect for the truth and for Bon Scott as a human being, blazes a new trail.'
- JOE BONOMO, author of AC/DC's Highway To Hell (33 1/3 Series)
'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
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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.