David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with AVATARIUM/CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
Often regarded as the greatest frontman in the history of rock music, Bon Scott tragically died on February 19, 1980 but his memory lives through the music he created with AC/DC. From 1975’s Australian album “High Voltage” to 1980’s “Highway To Hell”, Bon Scott and AC/DC were a global force to be reckoned with.
AC/DC formed in 1973 but it wasn’t until the latter half of 1974 that Scottish-born singer Robert Belford Scott joined the fold. Scott would help take AC/DC to legendary heights of success. Although the bands success did not arrive quickly, they released a stream of stunning albums and were undoubtedly the most electrifying live rock band of the 1970s.
Despite the latter-day success of the band, the Bon Scott years of 1974 to 1980 are often regarded by many as the band s most fertile creative period. Those years spawned 1976’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, 1977’s “Let There Be Rock” and 1978’s “Powerage”, not forgetting the now-legendary live album, “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It” from 1978.
Exploring the two Australian albums, the five international studio albums as well as other releases featuring Bon Scott, the book “AC/DC – The Early Years With Bon Scott” is a fitting recognition of Bon Scott‘s legacy and a reminder of just how influential AC/DC‘s 1970s period remains. It hharts the most creative period of the band’s history from 1973 to Bon Scott‘s death in 1980.
Due on February 22 via Independent Music Press, “AC/DC – The Early Years With Bon Scott” includes a foreword from URIAH HEEP‘s Mick Boxand a bonus chapter on “Back In Black”, the first album with Brian Johnson. Authored by Neil Daniels, it extensively covers AC/DC‘s five international albums and two Australia-only releases with Bon Scott and is said to be “perfect as a fans book as well as a book for AC/DC beginners.”
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