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Bon: The Last Highway

The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in Black
Narrated by: Simon Harvey
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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Bon: The Last Highway is the original, forensic, unflinching and masterful biography Bon Scott has so richly deserved and music fans around the world have been waiting for.

The death of Bon Scott is The Da Vinci Code of rock. In the early hours of 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair's Renault 5, parked outside Alistair's East Dulwich apartment. That evening, Bon's lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King's College Hospital.

Less than two months later, far away in the Caribbean, recording began on Back in Black, AC/DC's tribute to their fallen bandmate. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

The legend of the man known around the world simply as 'Bon' only grows with each passing year - in death the AC/DC icon has become a god to millions of people - but how much of his story is myth or pure fabrication, and how much of the real man do we know?

There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven't even come close. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international best seller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned for Bon: The Last Highway, a book years in the making that finally solves the riddle of the death of Bon Scott.

The 1977-1980 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn't a harder working band in the music business. But, as Fink startlingly reveals, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock 'n' roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history.

©2017 Jesse Fink (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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wouldnt do it

couldnt listen to it, sounds like the volume of the reader is getting turned down and up realy fast, story sounds like its one mans journey of how much he loves ac/dc

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Amazing historical timeline of an Aussie legend

tremendous authorship&narration. I couldn't stop listening during the revelations by Holly X and others about Bon's alleged contribution to the Back in Black album.

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Who cares?

You would have to be a trainspotter on AC/DC to enjoy this tedious padded out book. I'm not one of them, so wondered what the point of it was.

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  • James
  • 06-11-2017

Answers

If you are a fan of ACDC then you know of Bon Scott. But do you really know the inside story? This book tells all. At the most pivotal time in the band's history, it's time we know the truth. This is the book that the Young's don't want you to hear. Sorry, Angus.

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  • MarkK
  • 28-11-2017

Reads like a police report

Buyer beware. I think you'll only like this book (audio or read) if you are a die-hard ACDC fan who already knows the backstories and bio of Bon and the other ACDC characters. I'm not one of those, and was hoping for something more like a bio.

In any case, even if this was the untold story of the last part of Bon's life, at least it could have read more like a story rather than, as the headline reads, a police report full of quotes of people from recent interviews talking about an event that happened forty years ago.

Hey if you like that kind of stuff ...

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  • Paul
  • 31-12-2018

disappointed

I was looking for a biography. this is a who done it about his death

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  • Chris White
  • 04-12-2018

Focuses too much on his death.....

and not enough on his life and times in AC/DC. Too long. Not terrible but disappointing.

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  • Dennis R.
  • 07-08-2018

Decent book but not what it appears.

Quite a bit of conjecture and reaching on this for what is ultimately a largely ‘so what’ conclusion. The animosity towards the Young brothers leaps off the page yet the author gives only limited details as to why. Most likely answer: the Young brothers didn’t want to participate in a questionably researched book.

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  • Christopher L.
  • 12-01-2018

Excellent insight into early AC/DC and Bon

Great book if you are interested in the band. A bit too much speculation and conspiracy theories for me, but that is far outweighed by valuable and interesting information about the band. Especially interesting to me were the many insights about the band's early tours of the United States and how they broke into the big time in North America. Highly recommend!

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  • sebastian
  • 12-04-2019

The Truth is out there

I’m glad Jesse put time into making this. Youth like me (22) that care get to hear the truth of what happed to one of the worlds best bands. I’m sure people don’t read as much nowadays but this this book needs more credit then it gets.

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  • Drivera
  • 18-09-2018

A must read for any Bon Scott fan

I never knew the details of Bon Scott's death. this book is very enlightening. I never knew how controlling the Young brothers are (or were) either. after reading this book I'm convinced that Bon Scott wrote the lyrics on either part of if not all of Back in Black and was never credited for any of it. the book sometimes reads almost as a "Kennedy conspiracy theory" with all the secrecy following his death. I don't think the police did much investigating at the time of his death because they probably figured he was just another rock star that OD'd. they were probably right to a certain extent but if they had investigated further they might have found some foul play involved... we'll never know now. it also kind of drags at certain points but overall there's so much research that went into this book that it makes it so interesting. I thought I knew Bon Scott's story, but I had no clue until reading (or listening to) this book! highly recommended!

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  • William
  • 31-01-2018

Could barely pay attention to this one

What disappointed you about Bon: The Last Highway?

I’m a big fan of rock bio. This was just a very long, drawn out account that goes into way too much detail. Real fans will probably love it. Not for the casual rock fan.

Has Bon: The Last Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Not sure

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  • bsnaggy
  • 18-01-2018

Well researched but poorly written

Would you try another book from Jesse Fink and/or Simon Harvey?

absolutely not

Has Bon: The Last Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What didn’t you like about Simon Harvey’s performance?

disjointed and confusing

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

confusion

Any additional comments?

It was very well researched but not well written. I have been a Bon Scott fan since 1981 and was really looking forward to this book but came away disappointed.

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  • Bill
  • 07-12-2017

A very thorough analysis

Can wholeheartedly recommend this book, but only for those like myself that after of the opinion that AC/DC pre 1980 was the band at it's very best, not the commercial machine it is now.

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  • ANDY GALLAGHER
  • 16-05-2018

Great Insight

Very sad but informative. For all AC/DC fans. A great talent gone too soon. RIP Bon.

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  • Adam Phipps
  • 05-08-2020

Glorious Bon Scott..

absolutely fantastic read for true Bon Scott fans the World over..Without a shadow of a doubt casting new evidence regarding Bons shocking early departure and cover up of the truth also omission from credit for back in black..

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  • Paul
  • 21-05-2020

Eye opening

Great story.. I've loved AC-DC since 1980..I thought I knew the story quite well but this blew it wide open.. Not a recommended read for hard-core Ang and Mal fanatics

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  • Robert Hughes
  • 26-04-2020

At Last the Full Story - I Believe

Being a True Fan of AC/DC I learnt so much of the History, Trials and Tribulations of a Rockin Band

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  • Lee H.
  • 18-04-2020

Dull and pointless

A very long and boring account of something that happened over 40 years ago, recounted by a bunch of ex heroin addicts. The author goes on about fact but the stories contain many “I think”, “someone told me” and “ I heard” statements. Far from concrete evidence. Shame, could have been good.

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  • sparky
  • 19-11-2019

Sensationalism

It seems the author has an issue with the young brothers, in fact, it seems like he just wants someone to blame, lots of “evidence” by people now dead.... all the way thru I was left with a bad taste in my mouth, whatever the reason Bon died, he died, recounting stories and pointing fingers will not bring Bon back for his family and friends, and it seems to me, this story has done nothing at all for the family, if anything, I’d personally be totally hurt by this book if he was a relative of mine

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  • Andy
  • 29-04-2019

excellent

loved it. An indepth account of the greatest there ever was and probably the most honest account of his sad demise

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-2019

Learnt a little bit it felt like an ever repeated account

I admire what the audio book set out to do, but for me it felt like a short story stretched out. A few things were new to me but the accounts of Bon were forever repeated to the point where I was ‘yes...I’ve heard this fact or story a few times now within this audio book...I got it’ It’s clearly be written and researched by someone who wanted to write the definitive and full account on Bon’s life and I have to say the author has achieved that. But it’s a l-o-n-g account repeating many previously stories that have already been told within this audiobook. I did find the narrator a little false, annoying in parts and obviously reading from a script. The guitar riffs used to signal a new chapter are A) cheap and B) an obvious attempt to mimic Highway to Hell without paying a royalty! I think this would read better than it does as an audio book. Which I hope the author is in agreement with.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2018

Bon

Thank you Jesse You did him proud really enjoyed it Always there will be Bon