The perfect companion piece to Apter’s (unofficial) Young Brothers’ Trilogy – the raucous, unexpurgated, true tale of Oz Rock’s legendary front man, Bon Scott.
If there is one aspect of Australian music that Jeff Apter knows well, possibly better than the band themselves, it’s the strands that brought together Australia’s first family of Rock: AC/DC. He most recently penned what has been described as “The Unofficial Trilogy of the Young Brothers”, books on Angus, Malcolm, and George Young. Now, in his latest work, he focuses on their brother from another mother, Bon Scott.
Like so many of Australian music’s founding sons and daughters, Bon Scott (real name Ronald Belford Scott, but only his mother, Isa, called him Ron) was one of the
In Bad Boy Boogie, Apter chronicles the personal and professional journey of the too brief, but most definitely full,
Alongside the developing
A not insignificant number of books have been published on Bon Scott and, more particularly, AC/DC. Those that have focused on Bon have been told from personal perspectives, about particular times in his life. The difference here is Jeff Apter has taken the cream from this crop and mixed together a telling of the whole tale of Bon. He openly and genuinely quotes from those who’ve written of Bon before, while retaining his own individual take on the antics and activities that made him a legend.
Having written about Angus and Malcolm Young and their intrinsic role in AC/DC’s lifespan (as well as co-authoring Mark Evans’ book Dirty Deeds about his time in the band), plus the recent biography of George Young (a man whose influence set the path for the band), Bad Boy
Reviewed by Glen Christie
Distributed by: Allen & Unwin
Released: 3 August 2021