Saturday, May 9, 2015

AC/DC FAQ book


Author: Susan Masino
384 pages
In his foreword to AC/DC FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s True Rock ’n’ Roll Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith perfectly captures what has made AC/DC the masters of pure rock ’n’ roll for more than four decades. “I prefer my rock bands to the dangerous type,” Smith wrote. “The music that thrills me… is the kind that teeters on insanity.”

AC/DC FAQ captures that danger and that insanity. Rock journalist and author Susan Masino spans AC/DC's 40-year career, starting from the band's formation in 1973 and covering everything from their earliest days in Australia to their first tour of England and the United States. It also includes personal experiences, stories, conversations, and interviews by Masino, who has known the band since 1977.

Featuring 37 chapters, AC/DC FAQ chronicles the personal history of each of the band members, all their albums, tours, and various anecdotes. Rebounding from the tragic loss of their singer Bon Scott in 1980, AC/DC hired Brian Johnson and went on to record Back In Black, which is now one of the top five biggest-selling albums in music history. Taking a seven-year break after their album Stiff Upper Lip, the band came back in the fall of 2008 with a new album, Black Ice, and a tour that ran from 2008 through the summer of 2010. Once again breaking records, AC/DC saw the Black Ice Tour become the second-highest-grossing tour in history.

From the story behind Angus’s schoolboy uniform to the effect Beavis and Butthead had on the group’s popularity and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, AC/DC FAQ provides the deepest look into the band available anywhere.

Susan Masino has been a rock journalist for more than 30 years and has written six books, including Family Tradition: Three Generations Of Hank Williams, published by Backbeat Books, and The Story of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, which has now been published in 11 languages.  She also appears in the Van Halen DVD The Early Years and the movie AC/DC: Let There Be Rock. She lives in Madison, Wis.

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