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  • Bon: The Last Highway

  • The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back in Black
  • Written by: Jesse Fink
  • Narrated by: Simon Harvey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • 3.4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Written by: Jesse Fink
Narrated by: Simon Harvey
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Publisher's Summary

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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Awesome !!!!!!

Loved it from start to finish very detailed. Listened to it in 3 days . RIP Bon !!!!!!

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Terrible

Don’t waste your time absolutely crap. This book is all over the place and at times you wonder who the book is even about.

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Bob The Conspiracy highway

I was expecting more of a telling of the story of Bon’s life leading to his death and then the band grieving and ultimately pouring their charged feelings into make Back In Black. But alas it’s nothing more than conspiracy theories about his life and death.
While well read and indeed interesting at times. It was far from what I was hoping.

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Unorganized but okay

Don't get me wrong, you can get a lot from this book, but it seems to be all over the place and can be difficult to follow at times.

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  • James
  • 2017-11-06

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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  • Paul
  • 2018-12-31

disappointed

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

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  • Chris White
  • 2018-12-04

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.
  • 2018-08-07

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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  • William
  • 2018-01-31

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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  • Christopher L.
  • 2018-01-12

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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  • MarkK
  • 2017-11-28

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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  • bsnaggy
  • 2018-01-18

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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  • GearJammer67
  • 2022-08-04

Back in Black

For all of those who keep saying Conspiracy Theory?? I don’t think so, first of all it took three years to complete and number two he listed his sources and people who were there that knew Bon, granted at the time they were addicts but by the time the author did his research they were clean and sober so they had plenty of time to gather their thoughts. This was a very good book and hat tips to the author who took three years out of his life to give us the real Bon Scott.!! Now Angus it’s your turn…!!!

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  • Tina K
  • 2021-03-03

The worst fucking book ever

Vile. Disgusting. What a waste of money. Absolute filth. Wish I could return it. Thanks Amazon.