I've been sitting on this review for a while and even re-read the book to see if my first impressions were still the same. They are. I think this is a terrific little book, so why I am having trouble with the review. Well, I want to tell you that this book reads just like an academic thesis. No, its not stuffy and long winded, rather Mr. Bozza states his thesis, that "AC/DC is the greatest living rock band" and then he sets out to prove it.
First he starts with Angus and Malcolm Young and how they learned together to play guitar. He feels that is the main reason why they perform so well together. They know each other's techniques intimately.
He methodically goes on to consider lead singers Bon Scott and Brian Johnson and their "perfectly eroded yet robust vocal cords" and that these two unique voices were/are something that could stand up to Angus' antics onstage. The examination of each member of the band continues to provide support to Mr. Bozza's initial premise.
In the end, this all convinced me that AC/DC set out to play music the way they wanted to and were best equiped to and they did it and kept doing it and it looks like they plan to keep doing it for many years yet Following is a quote from J3, a guitarist who toured with Tommy Lee, which I think sums it up perfectly:
They weren't going to change the style of music or try drum machines just becaue that was what other people were doing. They are one of those bands that live outside of the bubble, ... it doesn't matter what any body else is doing, they're just going to do what they do.This is not your flashy picture filled fan book, it's a back to basics arguement of why AC/DC has earned their reputation and our respect. Can be read and enjoyed by fans and casual listener alike.
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