It’s hard to imagine a hard rock band more universally loved than Australia’s AC/DC. Forty-plus years after the release of their debut album, the dudes are still kicking ass and taking names; last year’s Power Up was a massive success, landing them at #1 on the Billboard 200. Now, vocalist Brian Johnson is going to take fans inside the band’s long, sweaty history this October with the release of his new memoir.
Brian’s memoir, titled The Lives of Brian, will drop this fall via Dey Street Books in the US and Michael Joseph in the UK. The book details Brian’s early years, as well as his long, wild stint with rock’s loudest band.
“I’ve had some long nights and some great nights, some bad days and a lot of good days, and during that time I’ve gone from choirboy to rock’n’roll singer,” says Johnson, “and now I’ve gone and written a bloody book about it.”
“Brian’s memoir captures an unforgettable moment in rock history,” says William Morrow Senior VP and Executive Editor Mauro DiPreta. “Anyone who wants to understand Brian’s roots as well as the moment of ignition when he joined AC/DC and helped create a monster album will be in for an unforgettable ride.”
“From growing up in the northeast, the son of a former British army sergeant-major and an Italian mother, to fronting world’s biggest rock band, The Lives of Brian tells one of the best stories in music in Brian’s own inimitable voice,” says Penguin Random House publishing director Rowland White. “His life has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, during which success as a musician too often felt out of reach. But even when it seemed defeat had been snatched from the jaws of victory, he never gave up. Throughout, his feet have remained firmly planted on the ground.”
The Lives of Brian goes on sale October 26th, and is available for preorder.