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Brian Johnson
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15 Oct 2009

By night, Brian Johnson sings in the biggest rock 'n' roll band on the planet.But by day, AC/DC's charismatic, flat-capped frontman gets to indulge his passion for all things automotive.Cars and rock 'n'roll, they were made for each other.

Car racer, car collector and all-round car enthusiast, Johnson is an incurable, certifiable petrolhead who can't remember a time when four wheels didn't feature as large in his life as music.

Starting, as a young boy growing up in Tyneside, with an old steering wheel and his imagination, a lifelong passion took root early.And through cramped teenage fumbles in an old mini and clapped-out, hygienically challenged tour vans, to chauffeur-driven, leather-trimmed limos and a sideline as a successful racing driver, it's been there ever since.

By turns, surprising, joyful, poignant and usually laugh-out-loud funny, Rockers and Rollers is the story of man with an insatiable appetite for life and a glimpse into the extraordinary world of AC/DC, set soon to overtake the Beatles as the biggest selling-band in history.

Packed with hair-raising anecdotes and revealing a God-given talent for comic writing on every page, Brian Johnson has written the most unique, entertaining autobiography of the year.And essential reading for car nuts and rock fans.

Well that'll be most of us then ...

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718155424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718155421
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Johnson was born in Dunstan in Gateshead in 1947. After various jobs in Tyneside and fronting local band Geordie, he joined AC/DC in 1980. He lives in Sarasota, Florida and Rockers and Rollers is is first book.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 17 Oct 2009
Mr Brian Johnson has a unique turn of phrase and is a funny bastard to booth!! The book consists of a collection of tales set around his love of cars. This book doesn't offer a deep insight into his life but there is enough to confirm that he would make for very good company indeed. Well worth a read and expect to laugh out loud at times,
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knob Gags Galore! 29 Oct 2009
If you're a fan of cars and/or AC/DC, this is a cracker. As mentioned above, it's not an in-depth account of his life (or his band), just a random collection of motor related anecdotes.

If you ever meet Brian (which I'm lucky enough to have done), you'll know he is a very, very funny 'salt-of-the-earth' guy, with a suitably earthy sense of humour. The absence of any real chronology, combined with the fact that he manages to shoehorn a knob/sex gag into nearly every other sentence, makes you feel like he's cheerfully recounting these tales to you, pint-in-hand, propping up the bar next to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling 23 Aug 2010
What i like most on this book it's the way it is written, it changes from the same ol' artists biography, i didn't learn much more from what goes on inside AC/DC, and that wasn't the purpose, but i know better about Brian and his love of cars and all the crazy things that happens with them, honestly, i cracked laughing alone like a lunatic many times, if you love English humor, funny tales and cars, this is the book for you, thanks Brian for sharing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Johnson's Automotiveography 17 Nov 2009
I purchased this book because I am a huge AC/DC fan and I think that Brian Johnson is hilarious. The only reason why I give this item 4 stars is because there was very little about AC/DC throughout the book which I was slightly disapointed over. However Johnson's sense of humor is awesome and ended up keeping me entertained the whole way through!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rockers and rollers book 24 Oct 2009
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excellent book buy acdc's frontman.if you like acdc and cars and want a really good laugh at the same time,then this is for you,its brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, many laugh out loud moments 11 Jun 2013
After a chance encounter with Brian (and one of his Ferraris) in the Tyne Valley last week, I went and got hold of this book. For a multi millionaire world famous star Brian has not lost his sense of humour and is proud of his roots. The book is a collection of stories by this great raconteur which had me laughing out loud. Get the audiobook as read by Brian - his way of telling stories means it's even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!! 30 Nov 2009
By Mossy
10/10 - superb anecdotes. Perfect for those over 40's die hard rockers who want to go back to the good ol' days! Filled with laugh out loud moments.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Pub Talk 14 Nov 2009
Is it any good? Yes, oddly it is pretty good - certainly an entertaining hour or so. To be honest I didn't expect too much and I bought it - like the others because I'm an ACDC fan and also an ex-pat Geordie.

So first thing - it's not an autobiography. Not in the sense that you get a run through of Brian Johnson's life from start to finish. It is however a rather entertaining series of anecdotal stories around parts of his life and the cars associated with it. You won't really learn anything much about ACDC in case you are wondering.

It is funny. Brian does have a turn of phrase to make you laugh and I could imagine him being a good sport in the boozer. He comes across as being straight forward and kind of normal. Maybe you can be when you are totally minted and in possession of a northern accent.

There are laugh out loud moments - which is quite remarkable. Just think about how many times you have read a so called funny book but actually laughed? Not many times I'd bet. I did have at least five giggles through this book - quite an achievement. If you saw Brian Johnson on Top Gear, this book is written the way he talks.

One slight error by the way. He was not a trainee engineer at Parsons Turbine factory. He was a trainee millwright - I know because he worked for my dad there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
***** cheers
Published 18 days ago by Mr P M Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very funny and so accurate
Published 2 months ago by Doog
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like cars and like a laugh you'll love this.. :-)
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as a gravy sandwich
From believing Rolls Royce only made hearses to an amazing fact about Angus Young this is a great read that will have you laughing out loud, as long as you have a sense of humour. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Manicman
3.0 out of 5 stars Dull
D.u.l.l book. By Brian Johnson of AC/DC. Should stick to rock and rolling with the best band in the world.
Published 4 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Rather good...
I kept on meaning to buy / read this for a couple of years but you know how things go - and it must have been a couple of years of thinking I must get round to it that I eventually... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BenzDad
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband read it and loved it
Its not often my husband reads a book from cover to cover, but this one was read quickly and as a lifelong AC/DC fan he loved it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gelica
3.0 out of 5 stars Different!
Good book for petrol heads, not so good for AC/DC fans. Very funny in places. Easy reading and entertaining unless you own a Porsche.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Beverly Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars KIds stuff!
I think Brian is a nice guy but he should stick to singing iom?
This book should be in the kids section,really childish writing. Sorry Brian.
Published 8 months ago by nosbig
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
As a fan of AC/DC I had to have this book. However I was pleasently suprised at how funny the stories were and how easy to read the book is. Read more
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