As the old song goes: it's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, who knows this more than most, will discuss his way in a new memoir this fall.
The Lives of Brian will cover the life and career of the iconic singer, who in 1980 pulled off an unbelievable feat of replacing the late Bon Scott as vocalist for the Australian rock band. Their first album together, Back in Black, remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. This will be Johnson's second book, after 2000's Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir.
"I've had some long nights and some great nights, some bad days and a lot of good days, and during that time I've gone from choirboy to rock 'n' roll singer, and now I've gone and written a bloody book about it," Johnson said in a statement.
AC/DC came roaring back unexpectedly in 2020 with Power Up, which reunited the surviving members of the Back in Black-era line-up: Johnson, founding guitarist Angus Young, Young's son Stevie on rhythm guitar, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd. In previous years, Johnson had been sidelined by hearing problems, Williams retired from the road and Rudd left the band following legal troubles. (Angus' brother Malcolm, the band's co-founder, passed away from complications of dementia in 2017.) Power Up, featuring songs the Young brothers had written but never recorded, was hailed as one of the band's best, reaching the top of the charts around the world.
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The Lives of Brian will publish October 26 from Dey Street Books in America and Penguin Michael Joseph in England.