Up to the standards Quarto has done
for me with my Zep, Queen, recent
Dark Side of the Moon book and a
title similar in concept, Bowie @
75, as their hype text expounds:
A beautifully produced,
photo-packed celebration of the
ultimate rock band, AC/DC at 50
examines the extraordinary history
of the Australian rockers through
the lens of 50 milestone events
and an illustrated gatefold
Formed in Australia in 1973, AC/DC
became one of the most popular and
best-selling bands in rock history
with their loud, heavy,
sweat-drenched, blues-based rock.
This richly illustrated book from
prolific rock journalist Martin
Popoff pays tribute to the band on
the occasion of their 50th
anniversary by curating and
examining the 50 most significant
Popoff covers everything down
through the decades:
The role played by the Angus and
Malcolm Young’s older brother,
The songwriting, legendary antics,
and tragic death of vocalist Bon
The mega tours undertaken in
support of the LPs
The debut of singer Brian Johnson
on the band’s mega breakthrough,
Back in Black
The band’s fallow 1980s and 1990s
Later difficulties, such as
Malcolm’s onset of dementia and
passing and the legal problems of
drummer Phil Rudd
And, of course, each of the
landmark studio LPs
In examining 50 touchstones, Popoff
provides a unique presentation of
AC/DC’s career arc from Sydney pub
band to international mega-platinum
stadium fillers. Every page is
stunning concert and candid
offstage photography, including gig posters, 7-inch
picture sleeves, ticket stubs, and
The result is
an epic tribute to one of the
most influential and admired bands
in rock history—in a milestone year.
Here’s the Table of Contents, which
pretty much spells out what I did
Part 1: Bonfire
“Problem Child:” AC/DC forms, in
“Love at First Feel:” AC/DC issue
their debut single, “Can I Sit
Next to You, Girl.”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer:” Bon Scott
“Show Business:” AC/DC issue their
debut album, High Voltage.
“Ain’t No Fun (Waiting Round to Be
a Millionaire):” AC/DC issue their
second album, T.N.T.
“It’s a Long Way to the Top (If
You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll):” AC/DC
issue, internationally, a
compilation version of High
“Live Wire:” AC/DC play a pub in
London, their first date outside
“There’s Gonna be Some Rockin’:”
AC/DC issue their third Australian
album, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt
“Bad Boy Boogie:” AC/DC issue
their fourth album, Let There Be
“Gimme a Bullet:” Cliff Williams
replaces Mark Evans as AC/DC’s
“First Blood:” AC/DC play their
first show in the US.
“Safe in New York City:” AC/DC
“Flick of the Switch:” AC/DC issue
“Let There Be Rock:” AC/DC issue
their first live album, If You
Want Blood You’ve Got It.
“Rising Power:” AC/DC issue the
Mutt Lange-produced Highway to
“Have a Drink on Me:” AC/DC
receive their first RIAA
Part 2: Geordie
“Miss Adventure:” Bon Scott dies.
“Send for the Man:” Malcolm Young
calls Brian Johnson at home and
offers him a job.
“Back in Business:” AC/DC issue
Back in Black.
“All Screwed Up:” Atlantic issues
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in
North America, upsetting the band.
“Stand Up:” AC/DC headlines the
second annual Monsters of Rock
festival at Donington.
“Fire Your Guns:” AC/DC issue
their eighth album, For Those
About to Rock.
“Breaking the Rules:” AC/DC issue
a self-produced album, Flick of
“This House is on Fire:” AC/DC
become the first band to headline
Monsters of Rock twice.
“Go Down:” AC/DC headline Rock in
“Shake Your Foundations:” AC/DC
issue Fly on the Wall.
“War Machine:” AC/DC issue
soundtrack/hits pak Who Made Who.
“Systems Down:” AC/DC issue Blow
Up Your Video.
“Touch Too Much:” Malcolm goes
“Thunderstruck:” AC/DC issue
comeback album The Razors Edge,
which represents a comeback for
the band critically and
Part 3: Legacy
“Money Made:” Back in Black is
certified ten times platinum (but
“Go Zone:” AC/DC headline Russia’s
first ever open air rock festival.
“Kicked in the Teeth:” Atco issues
a second AC/DC live album, simply
“Ruff Stuff:” AC/DC issue
“Up to My Neck in You:” East West
issue the five-disc Bonfire box
“Rock the Blues Away:” AC/DC issue
their 14th album, Stiff Upper Lip.
“Shoot to Thrill:” AC/DC perform
“Stiff Upper Lip” and “You Shook
Me All Night Long” on SNL.
“School Days” – In 2003, AC/DC
play club shows and support the
“Rock the House:” AC/DC is
inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame.
“Skies on Fire:” AC/DC perform at
the Toronto Rocks benefit show.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Noise
Pollution:” AC/DC issue their 15th
album, Black Ice.
“Boogie Man:” Columbia issues the
Backtracks box set.
“Jailbreak:” AC/DC issue their
third live album, Live at River
Part 4: Malcolm
“Realize:” Malcolm, due to ill
health, is forced to step down,
while Phil Rudd gets fired.
“Play Ball:” AC/DC issue Rock or
Bust, their first album without
“Nick of Time:” AC/DC perform
“Rock or Bust” and “Highway to
Hell” at the 57th annual Grammys.
“Hells Bells:” Brian Johnson plays
his last show with AC/DC to date.
“Guns for Hire:” AC/DC play 23
European and US dates with Axl
Rose as front man.
“Through the Mists of Time:” Rest
in peace, George Young and Malcolm
“Flick of the Switch:” AC/DC issue
their 17th album, Power Up.
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