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AC/DC: The Ultimate Illustrated History [Hardcover]

Phil Sutcliffe
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1 Oct 2010

Formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC has become one of the most popular bands in history. This massive new title 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 band'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.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338322
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 24 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Rather than just tell the story again, High Voltage... gives a visual history lesson' --Rock Sound, 1 January 2010

'Easily one of the finest books on the band published so far' --Classic Rock Magazine, 1 January 2011

`An ideal purchase for any AC/DC fan' --Record Collector, 1 January 2011

'A truly stunning digest that includes many shots that have never seen the light of day before' --Guitarist, 1 February 2011

About the Author

London-based journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974. His work has appeared in myriad publications, including Mojo, Q, the Los Angeles Times, Blender, Sounds, and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What an absolute gem. 9 Oct 2010
By chiron
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I am possibly one of the few people who have been with this band since their first introduction into the beautiful land of England. I have many books on the band BUT this one has a slight edge on the rest , it is full to the rafters with brilliant photo's , i mean i love it it is fantastic. It has pics of ALL the band members past & present and it has some great stage shots and some great pics of the Aussi/International album covers etc.
If you are even remotely passionate about AC/DC then this book is a must , i mean whether your a Bonno or a Jonno era fan there is something in this book for you , i promise you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about music long enough to have been around since AC/DC first formed. With a pedigree covering Sounds, Q, Blender, the Los Angeles Times and Mojo, he's got enough form to take on the task of living up to the word ultimate that's lodged in the title. And in terms of "illustrated", this is probably the best AC/DC book out there.

The cover itself will be enough to draw a few AC/DC fans in, what with a disc that allows you to spin Angus Young around on stage! Yes, it's a gimmick, but there are an awful lot of AC/DC books out there, so having something that attracts attention is no bad thing. But it's the words and pictures that really count, and that's where things are a bit more hit and miss. The pictures are fabulous. There are rare, early shots, loads of obscure sleeves from the collection of Bill Voccia, and some classic images of the band in full flight that are irrepressible.

The story itself is told well, with a plethora of detail on the early, more interesting years, including a few facts that even I hadn't encountered before. And I've been a fan since the late seventies. There are plenty of details on the early, forgotten members of the band, who contributed to their early live and recorded work, with the likes of Larry Van Kriedt, Rob Bailey, Peter Clack and Colin Burgess reappearing after decades of airbrushing.

Phil Sutcliffes prose moves along well, but the layout of the book does cause a few problems. You see, the story is broken up by a series of essays detailing each album. Now these are written by other people, some of whom seem to only have a passing familiarity with AC/DC, and who don't seem to have a bad word to say about the band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Forever 11 Feb 2011
An essencial work for those who know little about the band as well for those who know a lot, but want to find out more, and surelly they will through this work; apart from the photograpic work (with a lot of rare/ previously unseen work), you will get to discover a lot more about this band's history such as early formations, rare discography, bizarre episodes... since it began until nowadays.
As a fan, I am very happy with the book, I am glad I bought it and I certainly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acdc fans bible 21 Nov 2010
By Sparks
Any one who follows acdc or is into heavy metal can't go wrong with this book . Once picked up you can not put it down fantastic read from cover to cover what you waiting for get it ordered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 4 Nov 2010
By chippy
A must for any acdc fan lots of photos review of all there albums and lots of other stuff and snippets of info
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice pics! 2 Nov 2010
Any of you know for sure the story of the band. So this book is more focused on great pics, especially from the first years. Also includes a lot of memorabilia within it (vinyls, tickets, etc.). I recommend this book if you wanna have a good time just looking at the wonderful images that are included. The story is not bad written, but either exciting. To sum up, it worths to get it but is not a "ultimate" biography.
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