The Youngs

The Youngs

The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250053831
1250053838
Characteristics: 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Brothers who built AC/DC

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KarenE61 Aug 27, 2015

Title notwithstanding, "The Youngs" is more about the people and personalities behind the marketing of AC/DC than the Young brothers or the band itself. It is also more a compilation of theories, speculation, and anecdotes than definitive information--not surprising, considering the subjects' refusal to be interviewed or otherwise involved. Much of the book is devoted to argument about who deserves credit for which part of AC/DC's rise to the top. ("Who Made Who," indeed!) The photograph section merely serves to underscore this point: only 10 of the book's 28 photos include an image of even a single one of the Young brothers. Furthermore, the author's disjointed style of presentation makes the narrative difficult to follow. Those fascinated by the machinations of the record industry may find it an interesting read; however, all but the most rabid fans of the band will miss nothing by skipping this book.

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