In his foreword to “AC/DC FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s True Rock ‘N’ Roll Band” (March 31, 2015, Backbeat Books, $24.99), RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSdrummer Chad Smith perfectly captures what has made AC/DC the masters of pure rock and roll for more than four decades. “I prefer my rock bands to be the dangerous type,” Smithwrote. “The music that thrills me… is the kind that teeters on insanity.”
“AC/DC FAQ” captures that danger and that insanity. Rock journalist and author Susan Masino spans AC/DC‘s 40-year career, starting from the band’s inception in 1973 and covering everything from their earliest days in Australia to their first tour of England and the United States. It also includes personal experiences, stories, conversations, and interviews byMasino, who has known the band since 1977.
Featuring 37 chapters, “AC/DC FAQ” chronicles the personal history of each of the band members, all their albums, tours, and various anecdotes. Rebounding from the tragic loss of their singer Bon Scott in 1980, AC/DC hired Brian Johnson and went on to record “Back In Black”, which is now one of the top five biggest-selling albums in music history. Taking a seven-year break after their album “Stiff Upper Lip”, the band came back in the fall of 2008 with a new album, “Black Ice”, and a tour that ran from 2008 through the summer of 2010. Once again breaking records, AC/DC saw the “Black Ice” tour become the second-highest-grossing tour in history.
From the story behind Angus Young‘s schoolboy uniform to the effect “Beavis & Butt-head”had on the group’s popularity and their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,“AC/DC FAQ” provides the deepest look into the band available anywhere.