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Publisher's Summary

Bon: The Last Highway is the original, forensic, unflinching and masterful biography Bon Scott has so richly deserved and music fans around the world have been waiting for.

The death of Bon Scott is The Da Vinci Code of rock. In the early hours of 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair's Renault 5, parked outside Alistair's East Dulwich apartment. That evening, Bon's lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King's College Hospital.

Less than two months later, far away in the Caribbean, recording began on Back in Black, AC/DC's tribute to their fallen bandmate. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

The legend of the man known around the world simply as 'Bon' only grows with each passing year - in death the AC/DC icon has become a god to millions of people - but how much of his story is myth or pure fabrication, and how much of the real man do we know?

There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven't even come close. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international best seller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned for Bon: The Last Highway, a book years in the making that finally solves the riddle of the death of Bon Scott.

The 1977-1980 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn't a harder working band in the music business. But, as Fink startlingly reveals, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock 'n' roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history.

©2017 Jesse Fink (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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If you are a fan of ACDC then you know of Bon Scott. But do you really know the inside story? This book tells all. At the most pivotal time in the band's history, it's time we know the truth.

This is the book that the Young's don't want you to hear. Sorry, Angus.

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  • MarkK
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 11-28-17

Reads like a police report

Buyer beware. I think you'll only like this book (audio or read) if you are a die-hard ACDC fan who already knows the backstories and bio of Bon and the other ACDC characters. I'm not one of those, and was hoping for something more like a bio.

In any case, even if this was the untold story of the last part of Bon's life, at least it could have read more like a story rather than, as the headline reads, a police report full of quotes of people from recent interviews talking about an event that happened forty years ago.

Hey if you like that kind of stuff ...

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A must read for any Bon Scott fan

I never knew the details of Bon Scott's death. this book is very enlightening. I never knew how controlling the Young brothers are (or were) either. after reading this book I'm convinced that Bon Scott wrote the lyrics on either part of if not all of Back in Black and was never credited for any of it. the book sometimes reads almost as a "Kennedy conspiracy theory" with all the secrecy following his death. I don't think the police did much investigating at the time of his death because they probably figured he was just another rock star that OD'd. they were probably right to a certain extent but if they had investigated further they might have found some foul play involved... we'll never know now.

it also kind of drags at certain points but overall there's so much research that went into this book that it makes it so interesting. I thought I knew Bon Scott's story, but I had no clue until reading (or listening to) this book! highly recommended!

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Decent book but not what it appears.

Quite a bit of conjecture and reaching on this for what is ultimately a largely ‘so what’ conclusion. The animosity towards the Young brothers leaps off the page yet the author gives only limited details as to why. Most likely answer: the Young brothers didn’t want to participate in a questionably researched book.

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Could barely pay attention to this one

What disappointed you about Bon: The Last Highway?

I’m a big fan of rock bio. This was just a very long, drawn out account that goes into way too much detail. Real fans will probably love it. Not for the casual rock fan.

Has Bon: The Last Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Not sure

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Well researched but poorly written

Would you try another book from Jesse Fink and/or Simon Harvey?

absolutely not

Has Bon: The Last Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What didn’t you like about Simon Harvey’s performance?

disjointed and confusing

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

confusion

Any additional comments?

It was very well researched but not well written. I have been a Bon Scott fan since 1981 and was really looking forward to this book but came away disappointed.

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Excellent insight into early AC/DC and Bon

Great book if you are interested in the band. A bit too much speculation and conspiracy theories for me, but that is far outweighed by valuable and interesting information about the band. Especially interesting to me were the many insights about the band's early tours of the United States and how they broke into the big time in North America. Highly recommend!

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Fascinating and somewhat speculative

I enjoyed this book and found the research tremendous. I do feel that it would be easier to follow if I had read it rather than listened to it. I had a hard time telling who was talking because the narrator did not change his voice enough between people.

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  • William L Belfield
  • 12-07-17

A very thorough analysis

Can wholeheartedly recommend this book, but only for those like myself that after of the opinion that AC/DC pre 1980 was the band at it's very best, not the commercial machine it is now.

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  • ANDY GALLAGHER
  • 05-16-18

Great Insight

Very sad but informative. For all AC/DC fans. A great talent gone too soon. RIP Bon.

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  • 03-15-18

Who cares?

You would have to be a trainspotter on AC/DC to enjoy this tedious padded out book. I'm not one of them, so wondered what the point of it was.