AC/DC at 50
by Martin Popoff
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Pub Date 28 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 23 Feb 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Motorbooks, Motorbooks
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 timeline.
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 milestones.
Popoff covers everything down through the decades:
- The role played by the Angus and Malcolm Young’s older brother, George
- The songwriting, legendary antics, and tragic death of vocalist Bon Scott
- 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 resurgence
- 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 illustrated with stunning concert and candid offstage photography, including gig posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, ticket stubs, and more.
The result is an epic tribute to one of the most influential and admired bands in rock history—in a milestone year.
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Average rating from 10 members
As one of the premier rock bands, AC/DC has been an integral part of culture for the last 50 years. The photos and accompanying stories made me nostalgic.
The history of AC/DC'S 50 years in rock is a must have for any rock fan. Informative and well written with lots of photos of the band.
I received this book from Quarto publishing group - Motobooks and Netgalley for a review.
This book is an absolute must for any AC/DC fans. As always with this author the research is meticulous, the writing style engaging and the photographs very well chosen to exemplify his subject. This was a real trip down memory lane for me but also highly informative. I never knew, for example, that Noddy Holder was in the running to be Bon Scott’s replacement . What images that has been conjuring up in my mind ever since! Thoroughly recommend this for heavy rock fans everywhere and my husband, in particular, is going to be thrilled with his birthday parent this year!!
I’ve always enjoyed the music of AC/DC but never really knew much about the band. AC/DC at 50 gave me a real insight into how the band started and developed over the years, all the members and all the records. I really enjoyed this book, it’s jam packed with photographs. A must have for all fans
As a huge fan of AC/DC this was fascinating. I got to see never seen before pics and sorry but I'm geeking out now, but this was magical. Their music was an escape for me. They got me through some rough times. But to learn how they came to be was amazing. Some of the stories I had never heard before. I will definitely recommend this to fans of AC/DC
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