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"AC/DC": Maximum Rock and Roll - The Ultimate Story of the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band [Paperback]

Murray Engleheart , Arnaud Durieux
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18 Jun 2009
AC/DC are without doubt one of the world's very biggest bands - their appeal in blending the fierce energy and all-out guns-blazing attack of heavy metal to the bluesy groove and infectious boogie of the Stones. Their latest album, Black Ice, was one of the biggest CD sellers last Christmas. Their back catalogue - classic albums like Back in Black - still sells and sells. They sold out 4 nights at the massive O2 arena in ten minutes, and as a result return to the UK for stadium dates at Wembley and elsewhere this summer. This is both the first book on AC/DC for some years, and is already hailed as the best. Murray Engleheart covers their whole story through the death of founder member Bon Scott through the co-option of Geordie Brian Johnson on vocals, their humunguously popular albums like Highway to Hell and their hard-rocking, adrenalin-soaked live performances - to 2008's new Black Ice album and the first world tour for 8 years, when just about everyone had given up hope of seeing them play live again. AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll is published in original paperback to be in the shops in time for the band to be back in the UK playing epic shows in our biggest stadiums. Murray Engleheart is one of Australia's most respected music writers with a career that spans more than a quarter of a century. He is a noted authority on AC/DC and has interviewed the members of the band on numerous occasions.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (18 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845134966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845134969
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most respected music journalists in Australia, Murray has written for magazines all over the world in the past quarter of a century and interviewed the members of AC/DC on many occasions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a REALLY comprehensive biography! 4 Sep 2014
Got all their albums but not a MEGA fan, i.e. not an absolute fanatic, but still interested in their story. Growing up one read paragraphs of news in "Sounds", NME, etc. and got the LPs when released. Not much more. This book fills in all the gaps of what happened, when and in-between whatever. Really good research has been done. Informative without a doubt. Not surprised they had management issues. (One of their gaffers seemingly used the "f" word every 3rd word. I know the band swore too, but there ARE limits! Hardly an intellectual in charge, I thought.) Not surprised album sales fluctuated. To me, Brian Johnson's voice was far too restrictive to have the variety present in Bon Scott's songs. Pace sped up really quickly toward the end. Not surprising I suppose. They started doing an album a year (and WERE hard-working, I agree), but ended up taking a couple of years to come up with 10 songs. (A bit lazy really, you must admit!) Still a great band though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ACDC 19 July 2013
By Ian
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This book bored me to death, i love the band but theres so much crap stuff in the book that we dont need to no.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 10 July 2013
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Description included 'All pages are intact and the cover is intact (including the dust cover, if applicable).', when in fact three pages were missing, which were photo pages, so disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive AC/DC Book 11 Feb 2007
There have been many books written about AC/DC over the years but none are a comprehensive as this. Older attempts have been poorly researched and compiled solely from old press articles. This is the real deal; and by far the best effort yet. Good photos, some interesting unknown facts and meticulous research makes this the best book yet on the subject.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
First of all, there's no denying the depth of research that has gone in to this book. I've been enjoying AC/DC's music for over twenty-five years and the authors have done a great job.

HOWEVER - compared to (say) Clinton Walker's book on Bon Scott, I believe this book suffers from a lack of speculation and imagination. It's very obviously been written with the official imprimatur of the Young Brothers and Albert productions - doesn't go in to details on Brian's divorces, for instance-- and although both of the writers know Australian Rock like their own families, you never really get that "being there" sense that the best rock biogs have. But if you want to know uncovered detail (e.g. Bon kipped over in Brian's hotel room in 1973; Bon hung out with the Stones in Paris in 1978) then this is the one for you. Most surprising to me is the extent to which Brian J -- Bon -- Young brothers knew each other. In a classic example of what I think is wrong with this book, though, the authors don't really do much with that connection. To my mind, it demonstrates the extent to which AC/DC really is a "clan" to this day, with trusted insiders and not much room for anyone else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Especially good on Bon Scott era 30 Jun 2010
By Andy G
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I bought this book for a greater insight into AC/DC but especially the man, the myth, the legend that was Bon Scott.

And the book doesn't disappoint in that regard. The authors provide a unique perspective on how the early albums were constructed and I now look on them differently when playing them.

I wish there had been even greater discussion on the immediate aftermath of Bon's death and how the individual band members felt and coped.

The book is comprehensive although I felt it perhaps rushed over parts of the Brian Johnston era in comparison to the Bon era. That said, I would heartily recommend it to any AC/DC fan as an essential addition to their collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars :D 28 Dec 2010
By Rosmo
Bought it as a X-mas present for my brother who loves the band and judging by the chuckles coming behind the book, the present was a success. :)
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