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The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

Jesse Fink

St. Martin's Press

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 rock 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 take 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 gotten the serious book it deserves.

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THE EASYBEATS

 

“Good Times” (1968)

It took a teenage vampire movie and nearly two decades for “Good Times,” The Easybeats’ maracas-driven thunderclap off 1968’s Vigil album, to break into the charts, reaching #2 in Australia, #18 in the United Kingdom and #47 in the United States. The only other song by the band to break the top 50 in all three markets was “Friday on My Mind,” and that had happened round about the time it was supposed to: in 1967, not 1987.

There has never been any rhyme or reason to success

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Praise for The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

"The best book I've ever read about AC/DC." —Mark Evans, former AC/DC bassist and author of Dirty Deeds

"Recent books [about AC/DC]... didn't offer much to change our perception of the band. Jesse Fink's study of the Young brothers takes a different approach... giving us a different version of many stories, especially when it comes to the wheeling and dealing behind the rock. Fink is clearly in love with AC/DC, but he knows the old bird has some warts under her make-up, and doesn't shy away from revelations that cast the Youngs in a less than flattering light." —Rolling Stone

"An excellent writer and storyteller." —The Daily Telegraph

"Fink can take a moment and turn it into a vivid experience." —The Australian
 
“By tracing the lives of 11 songs from the band’s 40-plus-year career, Fink charts the history of the band’s success and examines the recording process behind each song.” - Publisher's Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jesse Fink

  • JESSE FINK worked for five years as a senior editor of non-fiction for HarperCollins Publishers before becoming deputy editor of Inside Sport magazine. He has won or been commended for several Australian Sports Commission Media Awards and had his feature writing collected in a number of anthologies. Fink is the author of the critically acclaimed 15 Days in June and the memoir Laid Bare: One Man’s Story of Sex, Love and Other Disorders. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
  • Jesse Fink
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