Book Review: AC/DC: Maximum Rock and Roll

My reading pace has been slower than usual lately.  I digested a few books in January including Sweet and Low (the story of Sweet and Low and the fascinating machinations of a particularly complex family business), 24: Cat’s Claw (to deal with my 24 addiction prior to Day 6 starting), and Christopher Moore’s brilliant You Suck.

Coming off of You Suck I needed something deep and thoughtful.  So I settled on AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll – the history of my favorite heavy metal band.  I was in high school during the Back in Back, Highway to Hell, and For Those About to Rock days and I loved Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, so I got some Bon Scott / Brian Johnson crossover.  Of course, the real teenage boy fantasy was to be Angus or Malcolm Young.

The book – AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll – was superb. If you are an AC/DC fan, it’s a detailed history of the band that seems real, comprehensive, and written by two people that really care about the band.

If you just want to watch some AC/DC videos, I’ve tagged a bunch of them.  Either way, as I head to the airport, I’ve got Highway to Hell echoing in my brain.

  • Brad, equally deep and thoughtful is Motley Crue’s “The Dirt”. A warts’n’all tale of pure rock’n’roll debauchery. Their music might suck, but their story is second to none… Enjoy.

  • David Sieh

    There’s an AC/DC tribute band that comes through Boulder once or twice a year: Hell’s Belles (an all female tribute band: On a whim a couple of summers ago, I took in a show at the Fox Theater. It was great! The band did justice to all of the AC/DC songs, and their stage presence was spectacular. And, as you experienceed, those classic rock-n-roll songs rattled around in my head for several days!

  • Gary Bloomer

    There is nothing like ac/dc to wake me up mid afternoon. Great post.