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I want to give credit to Felix Buebl, the original creator of the FAQ (he was also the driving force in the creation of the alt.rock-n-roll.acdc newsgroup).

Felix's e-mail address is: (S_BUEBL@rzmain.rz.uni-ulm.de)

Since its creation, the FAQ has remained essentially unchanged. He has decided to update it, and make it available to the newsgroup on a regular basis. He has also credited people for contributions where appropriate.

#Date #Version #Comments

10.01.97 2.22 Jackyl info, misc. corrections.

07.01.97 2.21 Fraternity CD, nephews, Tatts, corrections.

05.29.97 2.20 Disclaimer update, fanzine info.

04.08.97 2.19 Brian/Jackyl review, Angels links.

03.30.97 2.18 Lots of stuff added and updated.

02.06.97 2.17 Video info added.

06.19.96 2.16 Multimedia section, book info added.

02.28.96 2.15 Header change, book info added.

01.31.96 2.14 2 new Riff Raffs, corrected typos.

11.29.95 2.13 Live track list, Bon cd w/the Spektors.

10.01.95 2.12 Ballbreaker added, video list, Bon singles.

09.05.95 2.11 Bon book review, 2 new Riff Raffs.

08.08.95 2.10 New entries in all 3 sections, new header.

07.27.95 2.00 Complete re-formatting.



1. Origins of AC/DC

2. Members of AC/DC - Past & Present

3. Atlantic Records Bio's of band members

4. Angus' age.

5. Bon Scott - Pre AC/DC

6. Brian Johnson - Pre AC/DC

7. Bon Scott - How he died

8. Brian Johnson - How he became AC/DC's singer

9. What other bands have members of AC/DC been in, and what other albums have they played on?


1. US LP Discography

2. Remastered US CD releases - 1994

3. Australian LP's with different tracks than US

4. German LP's with different tracks than US

5. Rare AC/DC songs

6. AC/DC Videos

7. AC/DC Books

8. AC/DC Multimedia

9. AC/DC Bootlegs

10. AC/DC Fanzines


1. 1991 Tour Set Lists

2. What's the Jack about?

3. Why wasn't Malcolm on the 1988 tour?

4. What kind of guitars do Angus and Malcolm play?

5. Is 'Who Made Who' an AC/DC Greatest Hits cd?

6. What are some WWW (World Wide Web) sites for AC/DC?

7. What is Bon saying at the end of High Voltage?

8. What are "Lurex Socks"?

9. Does AC/DC do a version of "My Favorite Things"?

10. Are those real bagpipes on 'It's A Long Way To The Top'?

11. Where did AC/DC get their name?

12. Does Malcolm play lead guitar on any AC/DC songs?

13. Is Rosie in the song 'Whole Lotta Rosie' a real person?

14. Is Ruby in the song 'Go Down' a real person?

15. Why does Angus wear the schoolboy suit?

16. Wasn't there supposed to be an AC/DC comic book from Marvel?

17. What is Bon saying at the end of 'Night Prowler'?

18. Is there a version of 'Back In Black' with Bon on vocals?

19. Who are the "Dutch Damager" and the "Gorgeous Glaswegian" credited on the 'Flick Of The Switch" album?

20. Are Dave Evans and Mark Evans related?

21. Why did Dave Evans/Mark Evans/Phil Rudd/Simon Wright/Chris Slade leave the band?

22. Did I hear some AC/DC lyrics in the movie "Mad Max"?

23. What is the "smoke" that Bon refers to in "Ain't No Fun..."?

24. I really like the sound that Vanda & Young got on the early AC/DC albums. Did they produce any other Australian hard rock bands at the time that I might like?

25. Brian Johnson and Jackyl

26. Who are the nephews of the Young brothers that are in rock bands?


1. Origins of AC/DC

[Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford]

AC/DC formed in late 1973 in Sydney, Australia. They played their first gig on New Years Eve at Sydney's Chequers nightclub. The band consisted of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, drummer Colin Burgess, bassist Larry Van Knedt, and vocalist Dave Evans. Malcolm decided to form the band after spending a couple of years in the Newcastle band Velvet Underground (not the US band). AC/DC released one single with Evans as singer "Rockin' In The Parlour/Can I Sit Next To You Girl".

AC/DC went through several lineup changes during their formative period, the most important was when Bon Scott went from being the bands driver, to their singer, in 1974. He replaced Dave Evans, whoapparently was a bit too "glam" for the Youngs.

2. Members of AC/DC - Past & Present

[Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford]

Guitar: Malcolm Young 1974 - present

Angus Young 1974 - present

Stevie Young 1988 (on tour)

Vocals: Dave Evans 1974

Bon Scott 1974 - 1980

Brian Johnson 1980 - present

Bass: Larry Van Knedt 1974

Rob Baily 1974

Bruce Houwe 1974

George Young 1974

Malcolm Young 1974 - 1975

Mark Evans 1975 - 1977

Cliff Williams 1977 - present

Drums: Colin Burgess 1974

Rob Carpenter 1974

Peter Clark 1974

Bon Scott 1974

Tony Kerrante 1974 - 1975

Phil Rudd 1975 - 1983

Simon Wright 1983 - 1989

Chris Slade 1989 - 1994

Phil Rudd 1995 - present

3. Atlantic Records Bio's of band members

Here's biographies of the band members that Atlantic printed in music books published in the 1979/1980 timeframe. These are from the record company, so take them with a grain of salt: Angus Young - Born March 31, 1959 [note: see item 4, "Angus' Age"] (Aries the Ram) in Glasgow, Scotland. Angus and his brother Malcolm co-founded AC/DC almost ten years ago. On stage Angus still wears his schoolboy uniform (shorts and striped socks included), while playing a superb electric guitar. He's especially well known for his vivid onstage mannerisms - he won't miss a note while roaming, falling, kicking, running, writhing, and sweating...a complete showman! Angus co-authors all of AC/DC's music with Malcolm and Bon.

Bon Scott - Born July 9, 1946 (Cancer the Crab) in Kirnmuir, Scotland. Ronald Belford Scott, the prolific writer of AC/DC's lyrics, had been with various rock and R&B groups as singer/drummer before joining AC/DC. In addition to playing, Bon worked as a chauffeur for other groups. It was in this later capacity that he first met the other members of AC/DC, who felt he sang better than he drove! Bon is responsible for touching our hearts with such tributes as "The Jack" and "Whole Lotta Rosie" while developing into one of the best frontmen in rock.

Malcolm Young - Born January 6, 1953 (Capricorn the Goat) in Glasgow. Often called the innovator and "brains" behind AC/DC, Malcolm plays airtight powerchord rhythm guitar. The other band members have nicknamed him "Riffmaker", since his writing talent has been largely credited with supplying AC/DC with its inimitable, intense sound. Malcolm played with several bands in Sydney (the family having emigrated to Australia) while waiting quite literally - for Angus to finish school so they could form their band.

Phil Rudd - Born May 19, 1954 (Taurus the Bull) in Melbourne, Australia. Phil releases his tensions by drumming. He received his early musical training in local Melbourne bands before taking up with AC/DC. Phil is also car-crazy, and he holds various certificates from England's Brand Hatch race track. His obsessions with automobiles extends to driving the band around when on tour, and he even carries a portable electric road-racing set with him (which has been set up in Holiday Inns across the globe). "Driving" also describes Phil's drumming, and his expert stickwork provides the rhythmic backbone for AC/DC.

Cliff Williams - Born December 14, 1949 (Sagitarius the Archer) in Romford, England. Cliff is the newest member of AC/DC. He was chosen over 50 other bass players at auditions held in London last year. In the past he has performed with such British groups as Home and Bandit. Angus says he was selected not for his musical ability, but because his good looks would be sure to bring in women - a pastime the entire band shares enthusiastically.

Brian Johnson - Born October 5, 1947 (Libra the Balance) in Newcastle, England. Brian, formerly of the English 70's rock band Geordie, fits comfortably into the group as its lead vocalist and newest member. His Northeastern England accent, wild humor and cap are already trademarks, along with his heavy, raw edged vocals to which the crowds have given rousing approval.

4. Angus' Age

[Info taked from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford]

Angus's year of birth was publicized as 1959 to play into the schoolboy image. This would have made him 15 years old when the band formed in 1974. However, his real year of birth is 1955. He did leave school at the age of 15, but didn't join AC/DC until 1973, when he was 18.

5. Bon Scott - Pre AC/DC

***********Here's the liner notes from a compilation of pre-AC/DC Bon Scott music**********

[Thanks to Steve Rhoads]

Bon Scott Seasons Of Change 1967-1972

Raven Records

P.O. Box 92

Camberwell 3124


Here are the tracks:

1) To Know You Is To Love You [Spector]

2) She Said [Young] (George Young of Easybeat, older bro' of Angus & Malc)

3) Everyday I Have To Cry [Alexander]

4) I Can't Dance With You [Marriott-Lane]

5) Peculiar Hole In The Sky [Vanda-Young]

6) Love Makes Sweet Music [Ayers]

7) I Can Hear The Raindrops [Lovegrove-Ward]

8) Why Me? [Lovegrove-Ward]

9) Sooky Sooky [D. Covey]

10) Getting Better [Scott-Milsom]

11) Ebeneezer [Price-Taylor]

12) Hoochie Coochie Billy [Lovegrove-Ward-Milsom]

13) My Old Man's A Groovy Man [Vanda-Young]

14) Nick Nack Paddy Wack [Lovegrove-Scott-Junko-Cooksey-Beach-Milsom]

15) Julliette [Milsom-Ward-Scott]

16) Annabelle [Jurd-Bisset]

17) Welfare Boogie [Fraternity]

18) Hemming's Farm [Fraternity]

19) Sommerville R.I.P. [Howe-See]

20) Getting Off [Jurd]

21) If You Got It [Fraternity]

22) Seasons Of Change [Robinson-Johns]

23) interview with David Day of 5Ka in Adelaide

Bon Scott The Early Years 1968-1972

Tracks 1-15 The Valentines 1967-1970

Tracks 16-22 Fraternity 1970-1972

Tracks 1-9 produced by Martin Clarke

Tracks 10-22 produced by Image Records & Hamish Henry

Original Sound Recordings made by Clarion Records/Raven Records (Australia)

Copyright 1988 See-For-Miles Records LTD.


(I don't know if the label is owned by Sam See, a former member of Fraternity. I wouldn't put it past someone to cash in on their relationship w/ Bon though)

CD insert:

Valentines 1967-1970

Bon Scott- Vocals

Vince Lovegrove- Vocals

John Cooksey- Bass

Wyn Milsom- Lead Guitar

Ted Ward- Rythym Guitar

Doug Lavery- Drums*

(* replaced by Paddy Beach, 1969)

Fraternity 1971-73

Bon Scott- Vocals

Bruce Howe- Bass

Mick Jurd- Lead Guitar

John Bisset- Keyboards

John Freeman- Drums

'Uncle' John Ayres- Harmonica

Sam See- Slide Guitar, Piano

Ask the average Australian to name some famous people who have come from Perth and the chances are that they'll name either sports stars or business tycoons. Yet one of Perth's adopted sons was for a while in the late '70s every bit as much a crowd puller as those sports stars. As lead singer of AC/DC Bon Scott would regularly perform to thousands of people each night in the stadiums and concert halls of America and Europe. But it's a long way to the top in the world of rock and roll and Bon Scott's road to the top began with the Perth band the Valentines in 1966.

The Valentines got together around the middle of 1966. Their initial lineup was Bon Scott and Vince Lovegrove sharing vocal duties, Ted Ward on rythym guitar, Bruce Abbott on bass guitar, Wyn Milson on lead guitar, and drummer Warrick Findlay. In Scott and Lovegrove they had two dynamic focal points and within just weeks of their live debut they had crowds flocking to their shows at such venues as Canterbury Court and the Swanbourne Surf Livesaving Club (affectionately known as the Swanbourne Stomp).

It didn't take long for their popularity to come to the notice of Martin Clarke who operated Perth's only record label in the 1960's, Clarion. The Valentines were duly signed to Clarion in March 1967 and released their first single a couple of months later, still less than a year since they formed. That single comprised of Arthur Alexander's "Everyday I Have To Cry" backed with "I Can't Dance With You", a song from one of England's fastest rising groups of the time, the Small Faces. The record, naturally enough, sold very well in Perth, reaching the Top 5.

Single No.2 was released in August 1967. The top side was a Stevie Wright/George Young (Easybeats) composition entitled "She Said". Although similar in some ways to areas that the Beatles were then exploring, the single failed to capture the record buying public's imagination and only made the lower end of the Perth charts.

Nevertheless the 3rd single for Clarion was released in February 1968. "I Can Hear The Raindrops" and "Why Me?" were both Lovegrove/Ward compositions. Promoted as a double A side release the record made number 30 on the Perth charts but once again failed to chart elsewhere.

Despite a report in April 1968 that the Valentines were to join the Sunshine label, this move never eventuated. Their fourth and final single for Clarion was released some three months later, and once again it was a composition from the Easybeats camp. "Peculiar Hole In The Sky" was written by Harry Vanda and George Young and produced on Martin Clarke's behalf by Paul Aulton. The flip side "Love Makes Sweet Music" was origially the only single ever released by avant-guarde British The Soft Machine. It was brought to the Valentine's attention by Stan Rofe, the doyed of Melbourne disk jockeys in the latter half of the 1960's.

Represented on this disc are those four singles as well as a previously unreleased track, "Sooky, Sooky". In 1970 they broke up. After changesin line-up Bon went on to Fraternity and later to AC/DC. Vince worked as a writer for pop music weekly before moving on to become a contributor to a Current Affairs television program. More recently he was manager of the Divinyls before parting company with them in 1986.

In their heyday the Valentines were dismissed as being blatantly "Bubblegum", a label they were quick to dismiss. Listen to this album, judge for yourselves. Hopefully the next time someone metions the word Valentine you won't think of February 14th but you will think of some fine music from the late 1960's [sic].

Alan Mannings

******************More Liner Notes*************************

[Thanks to Doug Fierro]

I ran across a CD recently titled "Bon Scott- The early Years 1968-1972" and of course I had to buy it. This is a CD, not vinyl (more info about it below)

I don't know how many of you hear stuff from The Valentines, Bon Scott's first big band in Australia, but it sounds NOTHING like AC/DC. The music is categorized as "bubble-gum" 60s music, which is right about on mark.

Stumbling across the music on this CD is like digging up old pictures of your parents wearing hideous clothing when they were younger. The music from Fraternity is better though.

The CD contains two written pieces, the second posted by Steve Rhoads here a while ago. It also has an interview of Bon Scott by David Day from 5KA in Adelaide, Australia (any Oz natives know if that station still exists?); Bon was pretty drunk and it wasn't a long interview anyway.

Liner notes by Glenn A. Baker

I encountered Bon Scott a number of times during the 70's and each meeting served to increase my incredulity that performer's public image could be so at odds with his real personality. Bon really was a sweet man. He was warm, friendly and uncommonly funny. He did not breathe fire, pluck wings off flies or eat children whole. And while his daunting stage persona of lacivious leers and blood curdling howls was by no means fraudulent, it was most certainly a professional cloak that could be worn at convenient moments.

When Bon had replaced Dave Evans as leader of AC/DC at the end of 1974, he was already a bona-fide Oz Rock veteran, with two stints in prominent hit bands under his belt. In one he had been a fluffy, gossamered pop idol, in the other a cosmic, hirsute, heavily philosophical hippie. By the time he climbed into working class denim he must have been suffering no small identity crisis. Yet he was never anything less than convincing in any of his musical roles.

A rough'n'tumble Scotsman, Bon first came to prominence in Perth's hottest 60's pop sensations, The Valentines. Like Adelaide's Twilights, the band fronted two lead singers - Bon and Vince Lovegrove (later manager of the Divinyls)- and was adept in the manipulation of screaming teenies. After some rudimentary recordings for Perth's Clarion label in 1967-68, The Valentines moved base to Melbourne where they joinged the Zoot and New Dream as frontrunners in a bubblegum pop boom.

Yet, although there was an undeniable chirping commerciality about the Valentines Melbourne recordings, there was also a solid, rocking base which rendered them appealing and more than credible. The band cut six tracks for Ron Tudor's June Productions, which were leased to the Philips label. Two of those six (which constitute side one of this record) - Harry Vanda & George Young's "My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man" and the original Juliette- became moderate national hits. The latter was an early example of Bon's strong, expressive voice.

At the dawn of the 70's rock music was becoming inexorably 'heavy' and the days of bands like the Valentines were obviously numbered. Not even a heavily-publicised drug bust could rescue the band's limp image. By the middle of 1970 it was all over and Bon was in Sydney putting together a new band with remnants of Levi Smith's Clefs. Fraternity was a quantum leap for the adaptable singer, who grew a beard, donned leather sandals and no doubt developed a taste for brown rice.

Offered management and financial support by businessman Hamis Henry, Fraternity moved to South Australia where, as Vince Lovegrove reported in Go-Set magazine in June 1971, the lived "like no other band in Australia, in a house in the hills 17 miles from Adelaide. It's surrounded by seven acres of bushland. They're from everything but nature. What a buzz! Once a week they come into the city to have a meeting with their management and collect their pay. They only leave their pad to play gigs.

"Bon Scott, vocalist, recorder and timbala player, is constantly in a dream world of his own but he's having a ball. He says: 'The point is, the dollar sign is not the ultimate. We want to try and help each other develop and live. So that the thing inside of us, whether it be creative or not, is satisfied. Something makes us tick and it's up to people to satisfy that something. We are satisfying ourselves and others by creating an environment."

Fraternity took their environment back to Sydney at regular intervals. Although well received live, their cosmic recordings on the Adelaide independent label Sweet Peach (notably the album Livestock) made little impact. Guitarist John Robinson wrote the brooding Seasons of Change for them but it was the version by his own band, Blackfeather, which cracked the charts.

Even their unexpected win of the all-important Hoadley's National Battle Of The Sounds in 1971 failed to assist their chart fortunes. "Fraternity came on and nearly rocked themselves off stage and half the audience nearly rocked themselves onto the stage" reported Go-Set of the Grand Final. "Superb harmonica and superb vocals by that guy out of the old Valentines. What's his name again?...oh you know him."

Fraternity left Sweet Peach late in 1971, cut some singles for the independent Raven label (no relationship to this fine imprint) and then put down a second album. The powerful Flaming Galah was a whole different kettle of fish. The metaphysical meanderings had largely been replaced by solid, thumping rock and Bon Scott was able to give a hint of the sort of tempest he would command in AC/DC a couple of years later.

During 1972, Fraternity took advantage of their Battle of the Sounds prize and travelled to London. From there they worked in Britain and Europe, although little is known about this time. Shortly after the band's return to Adelaide in 1973, Bon suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident. Fraternity continued on with a new formation that happened to include John 'Swanee' Swan and his brother Jimmy Barnes, but that's another story.

By 1974, Bon was healed and healthy, and working in Sydney as an occasional roadie for AC/DC, an interesting new band formed by Angus and Malcolm Young, junior siblings of Easybeat George Young, the man who had penned three tracks recorded by The Valentines in the 60's. When the band's vocalist went off to form Rabbit, widely experienced Bon seemed the logical replacement.

From the first day that Bon trod the boards with AC/DC, there was not the slightest cloud of suspicion that the outfit would not turn the world upside down with their rib-crushing, blood curdling, brain damaging, skin blistering, no bullshit rock'n'roll. Throughout the next five years. AC/DC's vision of rock to fight, fuck and drink by, survived unscathed. Single handedly they led an international renaissance of power rock, though none of their copyists ever aspired to even a hint of the awesome global popularity that Acca Dacca commanded (indeed still do) among working class kids.

Bon failed to survive his own indulgent life-style. He was found dead in a parked car, after a bout of drinking, on February 20, 1980. His seeming indestructability was, like much of the rock lifestyle, a myth. Nobody who ever knew him will easily forget him.

***************Info on a pre AC/DC compilation cd***************

[Thanks to Scott Swanson]

I noticed that I own something which you did not list in your discography of Bon Scott's pre-AC/DC career. It's called "Bon Scott With The Spektors" and it's a CD E.P. released in 1992 by See For Miles Records (SEACD 6).

The Spektors were Bon's first major band (this was about 1966), before he joined The Valentines-- Bon played drums and also sang. This CD contains The Spektors only known recordings, all from a television broadcast.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Gloria (lead vocal: Bon Scott)

2. On My Mind (drums: Bon Scott)

3. Yesterday (Bon Scott does not play drums or sing lead vocals on this, but he *may* have sang backing vocals)

4. Interview with Vince Lovegrove, co-founder and co-lead vocalist of The Valentines (by Alan Mannings)-- the interview lasts 23 minutes and contains sound clips of several Valentines songs

5. Gloria*

6. On My Mind*

7. Yesterday*

*the last 3 songs are the same as the first 3 except that they include the announcer's introduction and crowd applause.

P.S. Also, the album titled "Bon Scott w/the Valentines - The Early Years" isn't actually an album (it's a CD E.P.)

*************Info on new Bon Scott single*****************

[The following info is taken without permission from the website of Head Office Records]

BON SCOTT 'Round And Round And Round'

Bon's back! Two new songs, three tracks. one CD single - released October-20 - the closest thing you're ever likely to hear to the solo album he talked about but never got the chance to complete. Now re-produced for the Nineties.

"Round And Round And Round" and "Carey Gully" are the last two songs Bon Scott committed to tape a month before joining AC/DC and the only released from a three year period in his career between Fraternity's "Flaming Galah" in April 1972 and AC/DC's "Baby Please Don't Go" in March 1975.

In their original form, the tracks are genuine Australian long lost 'Basement Tapes", recorded a few months after Bon's motorbike accident. Recently re-discovered, both "Round And Round And Round" and "Carey Gully" have been extensively reworked to create musical pieces which the project's collaborators believe Bon would have been proud of.

As an occasional member of The Mount Lofty Rangers, a South Australian collective of creative artists and musicians, Bon Scott recorded these two compositions by the group's musical director Peter Head in July 1974.

Peter Head recently teamed up with producer Ted Yanni, another old friend of Bon's. Using the best technology available, Ted isolated the original vocal track from "Round And Round". and then over many months rebuilt an entirely new backing to the song, so it sounds as though it was recorded today rather than yesterday The original version is also included on the CD single. It features former members of Headband and Fraternity.

"Carey Gully", a lilting country-flavoured ballad has been tastefully augmented with strings - the Classically Blue String Quartet. The song celebrates the Mount Lofty Rangers' stomping ground at the time, then home to one of South Australia's leading artists. Vytas Serelis, whose stunning photo portraits grace the CD cover.

The whole project has been achieved by many people - musicians and technicians donating time, talent and studios in order to pay tribute to an old friend. The result is one of the best recordings available by Bon Scott displaying a side to his vocal ability that wasn't as evident in subsequent releases.

"Round And Round And Round" is only available as a single for $10; from October 20, and there are no plans to release it on an album. Get it while you can, because it may not be there tomorrow.

1 October 1996

Bon Scott before AC/DC by Vince Lovegrove

What you could hold in your hot little hands is a labour of love. A twenty two year labour of love. And a vindication of fate. A twist of fate, a drunken spat, a motorbike accident, a long recuperation, a time of reflection for Bon Scott. Two decades ago.

It happened in Adelaide, the Cinderella state, the city of churches, the only Australian capital that wasn't founded on the backbone of the convicts, banished when the English tried to cleanse their pristine country of the undesirable lower class. They threw their petty criminals out of sight, to the other side of the world, hoping they'd stay out of mind. The Scottish tried to get away of their own free will, but the Brits wouldn't let them.

Bon Scott was born in Kirrimur, Scotland, and in the sixties migration rush to the convict colony on the other side of the world, moved with his family, along with thousands of other UK families. His rock'n'roll star eventually took him to Adelaide, and what happened before and after is well documented in many books, many fanzines, and in the fertile minds of many highly imaginative journalists. But one of the most formative pieces of the Bon Scott jigsaw legend happened during this period, 1974 , whilst recuperating from his famous motor bike accident. Smashed jaw, broken teeth, gammy leg, marriage problems, his age becoming an obstacle in his struggle for creative identity, he began to explore his songwriting talents, his simplistic mastery of street vernacular, his poetic ability to tell a story.

He was creatively encouraged and nurtured during this brief period by Adelaide musician Peter Head (nee Beagley) whose optimistic love of music and all who embraced it, provided a catalyst for out of work or transient musicians in between gigs. Probably the most potent incarnation of the melting pot was The Mount Lofty Rangers.

During a brief 12 to 18 month period, many of Australia's best known and least known singers and players passed through the ranks of The Mount Lofty Rangers ; Robyn Archer, Jimmy Barnes, Bruce Howe, Chris Bailey, Mauri Berg, "Uncle" John Ayers, Swanee, and Bon Scott, being just a few.

Like so many other splinter movements, not much became of the old Rangers, now splattered into the anonymity of history's backwash like so many before and since. Makes you wonder how many unknown meanderings contribute to the mainstream, though. Nevertheless it was an outlet for people like Bon Scott to expand, to musically grow, to take a breather.

A month before he joined the band that would take his street poetry to the world, Bon recorded two songs written by Peter Head. Now based in Sydney with his family, still following his philosophy of organic musical growth, Peter has treasured the memories of those days and recently re-discovered and re-worked the recordings.

With 1996 technology, producer Ted Yanni has devoted almost two years to bringing Bon back to life via two previously unheard songs, assisted by many like minded friends - musicians and technicians for whom this project has been a labour of love.

These are genuine collector's items. Unique. You may have thought until now, that you had heard everything Bon Scott recorded pre-AC/DC. But what you could have in your hands is the Bon Scott you didn't hear.

Reflect and enjoy. Imagine.

**************Fraternity Compilation CD Issued In Australia*********

Yet another great compilation from Glenn, Peter and Kevin at Raven Records. Issued in 1997.

Raven Records

P.O. Box 92

Camberwell 3124


Here are the tracks:

Fraternity - The Complete Sessions 1971-72 (2 CD)

1) Seasons Of Change

2) Livestock

3) Sommerville

4) Raglan's Folly

5) Cool Spot

6) Grand Canyon Spot

7) Jupiter's Landscape

8) You Have A God

9) It

10) Race (Pts 1 & 2), The

11) Why Did It Have To Be Me

12) Question

13) Shape I'm In, The

14) If You Got It (Single Version)

15) Welfare Boogie

16) Annabelle

17) Seasons Of Change (Ii)

18) You Have A God (Ii)

19) Hemming's Farm

20) Raglan's Folly (Ii)

21) Getting Off

22) Sommerville R.I.P.

23) Canyon Suite

24) If You Got It (Ii)

25) 'battle Of The Sounds' Sequence

26) Bon Scott Talks With David Day

27) Bon Scott Talks With Sheila Re

6. Brian Johnson - Pre AC/DC

[Info taken from the Christian Graf Rock Lexicon, Taurus Press, Hamburg, Germany]

In the early 1970's, Brian Johnson was the singer for a Newcastle, England band that started out as U.S.A., but soon changed their name to Geordie. Geordie released three albums: "Hope You Like It" (1973), "Don't Be Fooled By The Name" (1974), and "Save The World" (1976). The band was popular in Europe during that time period, but that popularity soon ended.

Geordie broke up, and Brian Johnson released a solo album "...And Geordie" (1976), which featured reworkings of Geordie songs. Then came another solo release "Strange Man" (1976). Following these two lp's, Johnson withdrew from the music scene, starting a vinyl car roofing business, which he ran until 1980.

7. Bon Scott - How he died

[Info take from Hell Ain't No Bad Place To Be by Richard Bunton & Shock To The System by Mark Putterford]

Bon Scott died in February of 1980 in London, England. He choked to death on his own vomit while sleeping in a friend's car. He and the friend, a musician named Alisdair Kinnear, had been drinking the evening of the 19th and Bon apparently fell asleep during the ride home. Kinnear could not wake Bon, so he left him in the car to sleep. Kinnear awoke early in the evening on the 20th, checked on Bon, and found him unconscious in the car. Bon could not be revived, and was pronounced dead.

There is another version of this story, examined by Mark Putterford in his Shock To The System book. Putterford's angle questions whether Kinnear was really Bon's companion, and suggests heroin may have been involved in Bon's death.

8. Brian Johnson - How he became AC/DC's singer

[Info take from Hell Ain't No Bad Place To Be by Richard Bunton & Shock To The System by Mark Putterford]

AC/DC management had been listening to auditions, when they received a tape from an AC/DC fan from Chicago, Illinois. The tape contained the Geordie lp "Hope You Like It", as the fan thought that Brian's sound would be perfect for AC/DC. Management agreed, Brian auditioned, and got the job.

Ironically, Bon Scott's pre-AC/DC band "Fraternity" had supported Geordie on a 1973 European tour, and at that time Bon was very impressed with the singing of Brian Johnson.

9. What other bands have members of AC/DC been in, and what other albums have they played on?

[Thanks to Kjell Danielsson , and some additional info & comments from Peter Gormley]

Cliff Williams:

(Bandit & Home were British rock bands, Adam Bomb is a US hard rock singer guitarist)

BANDIT Albums: Partners In Crime '78

s/t '75 or '76

HOME Albums: Pause For A Hoarse Horse '71

The Alchemist '73

At Last '73

Long Long Way From Nowhere '74

ADAM BOMB Albums: Adam Bomb '86(?) (guest, plays bass and sings big vocals on "I Love My Heavy Metal")

Mark Evans:

(Heaven was an Australian hard rock band, I assume Contraband was as well.)

HEAVEN Albums: Twilight Of Mischeif '82

BBC Rock Hour '84

CONTRABAND Albums: Nothing To Hide '78

Phil Rudd (Phil Rudzevecuis):

(Coloured Balls & Buster Brown were Australian hard rock bands.)

COLOURED BALLS Albums: Heavy Metal Kids '74

The First Supper Last '76

Ball Power '73

BUSTER BROWN Albums: Something To Say '75

Malcolm Young, Angus Young:

(Marcus Hook Roll Band was a project of Harry Vanda & George Young, the music is a pop/soul hybrid.)

MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND Album: Tales Of Old Grandaddy '74

Bon Scott:

(Fraternity & Valentines are addressed at length in the "Bon Scott - Pre AC/DC" section of the FAQ).

FRATERNITY Albums: Live Stock '71

Bon Scott: The Early Years 1967-72 '88 (7 cuts)

VALENTINES Albums: Bon Scott w/the Valentines - The Early Years '88

Bon Scott: The Early Years 1967-72 '88 (15 cuts)

Brian Johnson:

(Geordie was a Newcastle, England hard rock band.)

GEORDIE Albums: Dont Be Fooled By The Name '73

Hope You Like It '74

Save The World '76

BRIAN JOHNSON Albums: ...And Geordie '76

Strange Man '76

Stevie Young:

STARFIGHTERS Albums: Starfighters '81

In Flight Movie '83

LITTLE BIG HORN (This is the band Stevie formed in England after filling in for Malcolm on the BUYV tour. They got good notices, but never did secure a recording contract.)

Simon Wright:


AIIZ '80-?

TYTAN '82-'83

DIO Albums: Lock Up The Wolves '89

Rhino Bucket Albums: Pain '94

Chris Slade:

[Info taken from 'Shock To The System' by Mark Putterford]

Chris had a long and varied career before joining AC/DC.

TOM JONES '63-'69 (touring band)



SESSION DRUMMER '79 (Frankie Miller & Kai Olsson)

URIAH HEEP '80 (Conquest album)

SESSION DRUMMER '80-'83 (Gary Numan, Mick Ralphs Band)

DAVID GILMOUR '84 (touring band)

THE FIRM '84-?

GARY MOORE '89 (touring band)


1. US LP Discography

Here's a listing of AC/DC's US lp's with track listings, and release dates where available:

HIGH VOLTAGE Atco 36-142 Released 10.1976

It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)

Rock 'N' Roll Singer

The Jack

Live Wire


Can I Sit Next To You Girl

Little Lover

She's Got Balls

High Voltage

LET THERE BE ROCK Atco 36-151 Released 6.23.1977

Go Down

Dog Eat Dog

Let There Be Rock

Bad Boy Boogie

Problem Child


Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be

Whole Lotta Rosie

POWERAGE Atlantic 19180 Released 5.25.1978

Rock 'N' Roll Damnation

Down Payment Blues

Gimme A Bullet

Riff Raff

Sin City

What's Next To The Moon

Gone Shootin'

Up To My Neck In You

Kicked In The Teeth

IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU'VE GOT IT Atlantic 19212 Released 11.21.1978

Riff Raff

Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be

Bad Boy Boogie

The Jack

Problem Child

Whole Lotta Rosie

Rock 'N' Roll Damnation

High Voltage

Let There Be Rock


HIGHWAY TO HELL Atlantic 19244 Released 7.30.1979

Highway To Hell

Girls Got Rhythm

Walk All Over You

Touch Too Much

Beating Around The Bush

Shot Down In Flames

Get It Hot

If You Want Blood (You've Got It)

Love Hungry Man

Night Prowler

BACK IN BLACK Atlantic 16018 Released 7.21.1980

Hells Bells

Shoot To Thrill

What Do You Do For Money Honey

Given The Dog A Bone

Let Me Put My Love Into You

Back In Black

You Shook Me All Night Long

Have A Drink On Me

Shake A Leg

Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP Atlantic 16033 Released 3.23.1981

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Love At First Feel

Big Balls


Problem Child

There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'

Ain't No Fun (Waitin' Round To Be A Millionaire)

Ride On


FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK WE SALUTE YOU Atlantic 11111 Released 11.1981

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Put The Finger On You

Let's Get It Up

Inject The Venom


Evil Walks


Breaking The Rules

Night Of The Long Knives


FLICK OF THE SWITCH Atlantic 80100 Released 8.15.1983

Rising Power

This House Is On Fire

Flick Of The Switch

Nervous Shakedown


Guns For Hire

Deep In The Hole

Bedlam In Belgium


Brain Shake

JAILBREAK '74 Atlantic 80178 Released 10.15.1984


You Ain't Got A Hold On Me

Show Business

Soul Stripper

Baby Please Don't Go

FLY ON THE WALL Atlantic 81263 Released 6.1985

Fly On The Wall

Shake Your Foundations

First Blood


Sink The Pink

Playing With Girls

Stand Up

Hell Or High Water

Back In Business

Send For The Man

WHO MADE WHO Atlantic Released 5.1986

Who Made Who

You Shook Me All Night Long


Sink The Pink

Ride On

Hells Bells

Shake Your Foundations

Chase The Ace

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO Atlantic 81828 Released 1.1988


That's The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll


Go Zone

Kissin' Dynamite

Nick Of Time

Some Sin For Nuthin'

Ruff Stuff

Two's Up

This Means War

THE RAZORS EDGE Atco 91413-2 Released 9.1990


Fire Your Guns


The Razors Edge

Mistress For Christmas

Rock Your Heart Out

Are You Ready

Got You By The Balls

Shot Of Love

Lets Make It

Goodbye & Good Riddance To Bad Luck

If You Dare

LIVE Atco Released 10.1992


Shoot To Thrill

Back In Black

Who Made Who


The Jack


Hells Bells

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Whole Lotta Rosie

You Shook Me All Night Long

Highway To Hell


For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

LIVE (2 cd set) Atco Released 10.1992

Disc 1 Disc 2

Thunderstruck Hells Bells

Shoot To Thrill Are You Ready

Back In Black Thats The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll

Sin City High Voltage

Who Made Who You Shook Me All Night Long

Heatseeker Whole Lotta Rosie

Fire Your Guns Let There Be Rock

Jailbreak Bonny

The Jack Highway To Hell

The Razors Edge T.N.T.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)


BALLBREAKER EastWest 61780 Released 9.26.1995

Hard As A Rock

Cover You In Oil

The Furor

Boogie Man

The Honey Roll

Burnin' Alive

Hail Caesar

Love Bomb

Caught With Your Pants Down

Whiskey On The Rocks


2. Remastered US CD releases - 1994

In 1994, WEA released remastered versions of most of the US AC/DC releases on the Atco label. The sound on all of them is superior to the original cd versions which were released on Atlantic. The packaging, for the most part, is superior as well. Here is a list with comments, when necessary, regarding musical & packaging differences in the remasters.

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK 92412-2 Released July 1994

The photo from the lp gatefold sleeve is now included.

HIGH VOLTAGE 92413-2 Released July 1994

DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP 92414-2 Released August 1994

This release of DDDDC now contains the longer version of the title track, with the extra chorus verses at the end.

BACK IN BLACK 92418-2 Released August 1994

HIGHWAY TO HELL 92419-2 Released 9.6.1994

LET THERE BE ROCK 92445-2 Released 9.20.1994

This release of Let There Be Rock contains the version of Go Down that ends cold (with a cool Angus riff), rather than a fade out.

POWERAGE 92446-2 Released 9.20.1994

The photo from the lp back cover is now included.

FLICK OF THE SWITCH 92448-2 Released 9.20.1994

IF YOU WANT BLOOD YOU'VE GOT IT 92447-2 Released 10.18.1994

'74 JAILBREAK 92449-2 Released 10.18.1994

Unfortunately, Atco didn't include the cool picture of Bon & Angus which was on the inner sleeve of the vinyl version. Shame on them...

3. Australian LP's with different tracks than US


Baby Please Don't Go

She's Got Balls

Little Lover

Stick Around

Soul Stripper

You Ain't Got A Hold On Me

Love Song

Show Business

T.N.T. ['75]

It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll)

Rock'n'Roll Singer

The Jack

Live Wire



Can I Sit Next To You Girl

High Voltage

School Days (Chuck Berry)


Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Aint' No Fun

There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'

Problem Child


Big Balls

R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)

Ride On



Go Down

Dog Eat Dog

Let There Be Rock

Bad Boy Boogie


Crabsody In Blue

Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be

Whole Lotta Rosie


The US and Australian versions of Powerage are identical, while the UK and European versions have different mixes.


The cover of the Australian H2H is different than the US version (flames and a guitar neck superimposed over the US cover picture), but the song selection is the same.

4. German LP's with different tracks than US


Rock'n'Roll Damnation

Gimme A Bullet

Down Payment Blues

Gone Shootin'

Riff Raff

Sin City

Up To My Neck Into You

What's Next To The Moon

Cold Hearted Man

Kicked In The Teeth

5. Rare AC/DC songs

There are several flip sides of AC/DC singles that are now no longer available. There are both studio, and live cuts.


Can I Sit Next To You Girl/Rockin' In The Parlour - These were the A and B sides of the lone single released with Dave Evans as singer. Rockin' In The Parlour is available on the 'Albert Archives' Compilation which was released in Australia. CD: 465395, LP: APLP 037

Fling Thing - This was released as the b side to the Jailbreak single off DDDDC in Australia. It is an instrumental arrangement of a Scottish Highland Fling.

Carry Me Home - A song from the DDDDC sessions, which was released on the flip side of the Australian 'Dog Eat Dog' single.

Cold Hearted Man - A song from the Powerage sessions, that found its way onto the LP in Europe only. It was also released as a limited edition 12" bonus single to the LP version of an Australian box set that contained the first 6 AC/DC studio albums (T.N.T., High Voltage, DDDDC, Let There Be Rock, Powerage, Highway To Hell). Note: The box set also contained an iron on patch of the AC/DC logo in flames, the same design that was on the box set cover.

Snake Eye - A song from the Blow Up Your Video sessions. Released on the UK 'Heatseeker' cd single (A9136 CD).

Borrowed Time - Another BUYV outtake. Available as the flip side on various versions of the 'Moneytalks' single (US cassingle, German cd single).

Down On The Borderline - Yet another BUYV product. Available on the Australian 'Moneytalks' cd single (Albert 656500 2).

Alright Tonight - This is another tune from the BUYV sessions. It was released in 1996 on a 7" vinyl single in Europe. This is NOT an official AC/DC release.


(This is actually a single discography, with live b-sides and alternate versions noted):

[Thanks to Esko Heimonen]

1978, 7": Rock 'N' Roll Damnation / Sin City

1978, 7": Whole Lotta Rosie (live) / Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (live)

(from IYWB)

1979, 7": Girls Got Rhythm - If You Want Blood / Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (live) - Rock 'N' Roll Damnation (live)

(live songs from IYWB)

1979, 7": Highway To Hell / If You Want Blood

1980, 7": Touch Too Much / Live Wire (live) - Shot Down In Flames (live)

(live songs recorded on European tour '79)

1980, 7": High Voltage / Live Wire

(according to the cover, HV is a live version, but it's from the '76 album)

1980, 7"/12": Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution / Hells Bells

1980, 7": Hells Bells / What Do You Do For Money Honey

(French release)

1980, 7": You Shook Me All Night Long / Have A Drink On Me

1981, 7": Let's Get It Up / Back In Black (live Dec. '81)

(according to a discography: 12" also has T.N.T. (live))

1982, 7": For Those About To Rock / Let There Be Rock (live Dec. '81)

(12" has full length version of the same live track)

1983, 7": Guns For Hire / Landslide

1984, 12": Nervous Shakedown / Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (live) / Sin City (live) / This House Is On Fire (live)

(all live songs recorded Nov. '83)

1985, 7": Shake Your Foundations / Stand Up

12": Shake Your Foundations - Stand Up / Jailbreak (live in Dallas)

(Slightly different SHYF, same as the one on WMW)

1985, 7"/12": Danger / Back In Business

(Slightly different Danger)

1986, 7": Who Made Who / Guns For Hire (live)

(12" has the special collectors mix of WMW)

1986, 7": You Shook Me All Night Long / She's Got Balls (live '77)

(12" has full length version of She's Got Balls plus an additional live version of YSMANL on the b-side, recorded '83)

1988, 7": Heatseeker / Go Zone

(12" also has Snake Eye on the b-side)

1988, 7": That's The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll / Kissin' Dynamite

(12" also has Borrowed Time on the b-side)

1990, 7": Thunderstruck / Fire Your Guns

12": Thunderstruck - Fire Your Guns / D.T. - Chase The Ace

1990, 7": Are You Ready / Got You By The Balls

(12" also has The Razor's Edge on the b-side)

1990, 7": Moneytalks / Mistress For Christmas

(12" also has Borrowed Time on the b-side)

1992, CD: Highway To Hell / Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be / The Jack / High Voltage

(Hell Ain't... is not on LIVE, The Jack & High Voltage are different live versions than on LIVE)

1993, CD: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap / Shoot To Thrill / Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

(The first DDDC is from LIVE, Shoot... & DDDC #2 are from Donington 91. This is a UK cd single.)

1993, 7": Big Gun / Back In Black (live in Moscow)

12": Big Gun / For Those About To Rock (live in Moscow) / Shoot To Thrill (live at Donington)

1995, CD: Hard As A Rock / Caught With Your Pants Down

1996, CD: Hail Caesar / Whiskey On The Rocks / Whole Lotta Rosie (live)

1996, CD: Cover You In Oil / Love Bomb / Ballbreaker

Also, there is a bootleg single Problem Child (live) / Live Wire (live)
(Nijmegen '78).

Here's a discography of Australian singles from the Bon Scott years, complete with Albert productions catalog numbers. This was lifted without permission from Clinton Walker's excellent Bon Scott biography.

(All songs Young/Young/Scott, except where indicated)

Baby Please Don't Go (Williams)/Love Song

(AP-10700, March, 1975)

High Voltage/Soul Stripper

(AP-10829, June, 1975)

Long Way To The Top/Can I Sit Next To You, Girl?

(AP-10990, December, 1975)


(AP-11070, March, 1976)

Jailbreak/Fling Thing

(AP-11135, June, 1976)

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap/Rock In Peace

(AP-11265, October, 1976)

Love At First Feel/Problem Child

(AP-11340, January, 1977)

Dog Eat Dog/Carry Me Home

(AP-11403, March, 1977)

Let There Be Rock, Part 1/Part 2

(AP-11548, October, 1977)

Rock'N'Roll Damnation/Cold Hearted Man

(AP-11754, June, 1978)

Whole Lotta Rosie/Dog Eat Dog

(AP-11832, November, 1978)

Highway To Hell/If You Want Blood

(AP-104, August, 1979)

6. AC/DC Videos

Regarding videos: There are different standards for video playback in different parts of the world. The US standard is NTSC, the European and Australian standard is PAL. Videos made in one standard will not playback on a different standard VCR.

The following is a listing of all the known AC/DC promotional videos. Some of these are available on compilations listed later in this section. (Note-this listing excludes Tv appearance clips and such. ie. Top of the Pops, etc.)

[Thanks to Miclantecutli]

Can I Sit Next To You Girl (1974, w/ Dave Evans vocals)

High Voltage (1975)

It's a Long Way To The Top (1975) (version 1-studio)

Dirty Deeds Done Cheap (1976)

Jailbreak (1976) (version 1-studio)

Jailbreak (1976) (version 2-outdoors)

Jailbreak (1976) (version 2-edit)

Jailbreak (1977) (version 3-studio/stage)

It's a Long Way To The Top (1977) (parade float)

Let There Be Rock (1977) (both edit and unedited versions)

Dog Eat Dog (1977)

Rock'n'Roll Damnation (1978)

Riff Raff (live, 1978)

Bad Boy Boogie (Live, 1978)

Highway To Hell (1979)

Walk All Over You (1979)

Touch Too Much (1979)

Shot Down In Flames (1979)

If You Want Blood (1979)

Walk All Over You (live, 1979-LTBR movie)

Hells Bells (1980)

Back in Black (1980)

What Do You Do For Money Honey (1980)

You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)

Rock'n'Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (1980)

Let Me Put My Love Into You (1980)

Back In Black (live-1981) (B&W and Color)

For Those About To Rock (live-1981)

Put The Finger On You (live-1981)

Let's Get It Up (live-1981)

Guns For Hire (1983)

Flick Of The Switch (1983)

Nervous Shakedown (1983) (version 1)

Nervous Shakedown (1983) (version 2)

Fly On The Wall (1985)

Danger (1985)

Sink The Pink (1985)

Stand Up (1985)

Shake Your Foundations (1985)

Who Made Who (1986)

You Shook Me All Night Long (1986)

Heatseeker (1988)

That's The Way I Wanna Rock'n'Roll (1988)

Thunderstruck (1990)

Money Talks (1990)

Are You Ready (1990)

Highway To Hell (live, 1992)

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (live, 1992)

Back in Black (live, Moscow, 1992)

Big Gun (1993)

Hard As A Rock (1995)

Hail Caesar (1995) (96?)

Cover You In Oil (1995) (96?)

Here are the compilations:

AC/DC - A compilation of Bon Scott era videos. This collection is officially available in Europe and Australia (Albert 49817-2) only.

The tracks are:

[Thanks to Ronald Hartwig]

High Voltage * Performance video

Jailbreak * The Jail version

Let there be rock * Very funny church version

Riff Raff * Live from the Apollo

Dog eat dog * Live from the Apollo

Highway to hell * Performance

Shot down in flames * Performance

Touch too much * Performance

If you want blood * Performance (Angus gets stubbed like on the cover of IYWBYGI

(Note: Peter Gormley <pgormley@kodak.com> have also seen a video for 'Walk All Over You' from the same session as the other 4 H2H tunes. Apparently it didn't make it onto this collection.)

Let There Be Rock - Released as a movie in 1980/81. It contains footage from an early 1980 Paris concert. There is also some band interviews mixed in between songs.

Fly On The Wall - 1985. Collection of videos from the Fly On The Wall album. Too many extras and not enough AC/DC...

Fly On The Wall


Sink The Pink

Stand Up

Shake Your Foundations

Who Made Who - 1986. Collection of videos from throughout the Brian Johnson era.

Who Made Who * Concept video

You Shook Me All Night Long * Simon Wright on drums

Shake Your Foundations * Same as on Fly On The Wall

Hells Bells * 1980 BIB promo clip

For Those About To Rock... * Live

Clipped - 1990. More Brian Johnson videos, from Blow Up Your Video and The Razors Edge.

Are You Ready

Thats The Way I Wanna Rock 'N' Roll

Live At Donington - 1992. Filmed 8.17.1991 at the Monsters of Rock festival, Castle Donington, England. Done in 35mm film.

AC/DC Uncut - 1996. This was recorded in studio for the cable channel VH1-UK during the UK stretch of the Ballbreaker tour. AC/DC perform a mix of Bon-era and BJ-era tunes. It was broadcast on VH1-UK but as of early 97 had not been broadcast in the US. Also, an official video is NOT commercially available.

NO BULL Live - Plaza De Toros, Madrid - 1996. Filmed during the Ballbreaker tour in Spain. Done in 16mm film. US version includes a free poster which has the video box cover on one side, and a collage of live pictures on the other.

7. AC/DC Books

AC/DC by Malcolm Dome Proteus Books 1982

A history of the band up to the release of For Those About To Rock. The cover picture is the same as the poster that was in the French LP box set. UK discography in the back of the book.

AC/DC-Hell Ain't No Bad Place To Be by Richard Bunton Omnibus Press 1982

Again, this is a history of the band through FTATR. There are some cool old pictures, including some with original singer Dave Evans. There are also some errors in picture captions, and for some reason the author decided to include some pictures of people only peripherally associatedwith the band (backup bands, a writer.) UK discography in the back of the book, including bootlegs.

The AC/DC Story - Paul Ezra

No info on this one.

AC/DC Heavy Metal Photo Book Omnibus Press

Lots of incredible photos in BW and color. This is a must have for any fan of the band.

AC/DC Shock To The System by Mark Putterford Omnibus Press 1991

A history of the band through The Razors Edge. Lots of info about the early days in Australia. Many cool pictures, this is the best of the AC/DC biographies.

Highway to Hell The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott by Clinton Walker

First published in 1994 by Sun by Pan Macmillan Publishers a division of Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited, 63-71 Balfour Street, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia

ISBN: 0 7251 0742 1

[Thanks to Brendan Ring]

324 pages, including discography of Bon's recordings, and a short biography of each of the major characters in the book. This book covers Bon's entire life, including early childhood (with many photos) through to his death (he had japanese fish cakes for breakfast the day he died!).

Walker was not assisted by Albert Productions and hence many of those currently working with Alberts refused to have anything to do with it (including Angus and Malcolm). However, in many respects this has been an advantage as the author has instead been assisted by people who have no vested interest in following "the official line". Consequently, many AC/DC myths are shot down. The people he interviews include Bon's parents, his major girl friends, members of the Valentines, Fraternity, former AC/DC bassists Rob Bailey and Mark Evans, early AC/DC band managers etc. These interviews appear through out the text as transcripts so what you read is exactly what they said. This gives a great deal of credibility to the book. The author also includes many letters that Bon wrote to friends throughout his career (One from 1975 ends with "PS: If you can still manage the other $50 I'd love ya forever. It's no fun waiting around to be a millionaire.").

A criticism of this book is that the author really has it in for Angus and Malcolm, presenting them as ogres with very little supporting evidence. He also over-analysis Bon's life, analysising everything as if it plays a part in his eventual demise.

The book presents a complex picture of Bon. It shows him to be wild and reckless (nearly dying 3 times during the 70's), but very polite, likable, though basically alone in the world. At the time of his death Bon apparently had ambitions to settle down in California, and even to do a solo album. The following 2 quotes really sum up the book:

Mark Evans (former AC/DC bassist)

"They (implying Angus and Malcolm) would dispute this, but I think they viewed Bon to be ultimately disposable. In hindsight, it seems preposterous, but at the time, he was always in the firing line. And there was a lot of pressure, mainly from George (Young), and record companies. I think within that camp, there's been a certain rewriting of history, about how they felt about the guy - no that's wrong, how they felt about the guy professionally. Because there was no way you could spend more than 30 seconds in a room with Bon and not be completely and utterly charmed."

In 1978 Vince Lovegrove, Bon's friend and former member of the Valentines, interviewed Bon for RAM magazine. He wrote:

"(Bon said) Vinnie. I really am getting tired. I love it, you know that. It's only rock'n'roll and I like it. But I want to have a base. It's just the constant pressure of touring that's fucking it. I've been on the road for thirteen years. Planes, hotels, groupies, booze, people, towns. They all scrape something from you. We're doin'it and we'll get there, but I wish we didn't have these crushing day after day grinds to keep up with ...... Rock'n'roll, you know that's all there is,' he said. 'But I can't hack the rest of the shit that goes with it."

On the whole this book is well worth getting - it provides infintely more insight into Bon and AC/DC than any of the other books I have read about the band.

There are also many interesting comments about AC/DC in general:

Dennis Laughlin (early manager)

"The biggest problem I had with AC/DC in those early days, being a touring unit, and not having much money, was keeping everything together, keeping everyone happy. There's a few dope smokers in the band, right? Instead of giving everyone fifty bucks a week, it's like, alright, whatever you need, we'll get it. Thirty bucks a week plus a bag of dope, a bottle of Scotch. Well, Angus was a pain in the arse, because he says, Fuck ya, I don't drink booze, or fuckin' take drugs. I'd give him a bag of fish'n'chips, a Kit Kat, a packet of Benson and Hedges and a bottle of Coke."

Richard Griffiths (AC/DC's first booking agent in England, now Epic Records CEO).

"It was clear to me it was Malcolm's band. Bon was a great guy. But even then, I sensed, off Micheal (Micheal Browning, their manager), that he wasn't sure that Bon was the singer to take the band all the way....... He (Bon) was sort of seperate from the rest. Phil, he was off on his own, he was actually pretty obnoxious,. Angus and Malcolm were thick, obviously. And then Mark, you knew Mark wasn't going to last, he was just too much of a nice guy....."

Some other interesting points:

- So who has heard of a rare album from early 1973 called "Tales of Old Granddaddy" by the Marcus Hook Roll Band (Angus, Malcolm, and George Young, and Harry Vanda).

This has actually been re-released by Sony Australia this year - it's not easy to get a copy though.

- Bon's girl friend at the time of his death claims that the title of "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" was a line Bon used in an argument with his landlord during the time he was preparing the lyrics for the album to follow Highway to Hell!

- In the epilogue the author claims that AC/DC recently considered sacking Brian Johnson, though they thought better of it (though he presented no evidence)!

And in 1978 a compilation album called "12 of the Best" was to be released. Its release was cancelled in favour of If You Want Blood. The book shows the album cover and lists the tracks as:

It's A Long Way To The Top...If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll

High Voltage

Problem Child


Whole Lotta Rosie

Let There Be Rock


Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

The Jack

Dog Eat Dog

She's Got Balls

Baby, Please Don't Go

AC/DC - The World's Most Electrifying Rock'N'Roll Band Edited by Malcolm Dome

First published in 1995 by Virgin Books, an imprint of Virgin Publishing Limited, 332 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AH

A well done history of AC/DC put together using info from two British music publications - Sounds (now defunct), and Kerrang. It features an introduction by Megadeath's Dave Mustaine, and lots of cool pictures and news clips taken from the two magazines.

AC/DC The World's Heaviest Rock by Martin Huxley St. Martin's Griffin 1996

A history of the band up to Ballbreaker. Not much new info, some nice old pictures, although all are in black & white. There is an album discography in the back of the book.

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