It is the early 1970s in Adelaide. Amazingly, this remote city has become an epicentre for Australia's emerging rock scene. One of its fans is local girl Irene Thornton. She is just 19, gorgeous looking, living at home, and working in an office. Then she meets the man who'll change her life just as he will change the course of rock 'n' roll history.
Bon Scott is the singer for local band Fraternity. He is a larrikin showman with more front than Myer and a smile that rules the world. He is as wild as Irene is sensible. They meet and marry in 1972. For the next few years, Irene is at his side as Bon Scott continues his driven but often difficult journey that leads him to AC /DC and rock 'n' roll fame.
Irene gives us the scene without the airbrushing: the bitterly cold winters in London, the drinking and drugs, the group living and frayed tempers, and the broken dreams and inner demons. But she also shares details of her incredible bond with this extraordinary man, even after they separate, as well as the excitement as dreams are realised and Bon gets to what he does best: create and perform music that will eventually put him and AC/DC on the world stage.
This is a moving account of an artist at the height of his powers, as well at the low point that tragically culminates in his death by alcohol in 1980. It is a tale of great loss and a sense of what could have been, but also an uplifting reminder of the rare gift Bon Scott gave the world of rock, with his dazzling talent, unmatched energy and courage to be himself.
- Publication Date:
- 23 / 02 / 2017
- 155 x 230mm
Bon Scott good read. What I enjoyed most was how they stayed friends even when they divorced. A good insight into Bon Scott. - Maureen (QBD)
My Bon Scott
Brilliant read, I haven't finished the book yet, but not far off. It flows so smoothly, personally I fell right into the book, like I was standing right there with them, experiencing that may have come about much easier than some, I can closely relate the early experiences, as I grew up in a similar environment in Western Australia. Again brilliant story, everyone I speak to, I can't help but praise this book.
Adam , 23/12/2014
My Bon Scott
I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of this book, and devoured it in one weekend This biography is an absolute must for all fans of ACDC and the Australian rock'n'roll scene. Told from the point of view of Bon Scott's wife, Irene, this book provides an intimate insight into the man who became the unforgettable, larger-than-life frontman of one of Australia's biggest rock acts. This biography is raw and honest, features appearances from plenty of other music legends from that era, and celebrates the heart of the Australian pub rock scene. Reviewed by 52mm