Review “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC” by Jesse Fink

ACDCWith sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world.It’s a family business built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young. And, as with any business, some people prospered while others got hurt along the way. The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book you’ve read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making. Important figures from AC/DC’s long way to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the band’s success are given the credit they are due. Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational new details emerge to cast a whole new light on the band’s history – especially their early years with Atlantic Records in the United States. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their perspectives on the Youngs’ brand of magic. Their music has never pulled its punches. Neither does The Youngs. After 40 years, AC/DC might just have got the serious book it deserves.

I’ve grown up listening to AC/DC and have never really given their songs much thought apart from singing along as they have played on the radio. With this in mind, I found some of the in depth discussion of guitar riffs and lyrics a little confusing and very very detailed.  What I should have done is put on some AC/DC and really appreciated what was being written about the songs.  However if you are a huge AC/DC fan you will just love this analysis of their songs and pathway to success.  There are loads of new facts and information.  It’s a shame that so much of the AC/DC folklore is not checkable, due to conflicting stories and drug addled memories, as well as the Young brothers refusal to let anyone interview or talk to them.  It is a fascinating read about one of the world’s most popular bands that has survived for so many years.

Highly Recommended for AC/DC fans, recommended for anyone who loves to read a rock doco.

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