I've been a die-hard rock music fan since 1976. One of the first bands I ever saw live was Bon Scott and Co in a small pub in Hammersmith, west London and it was quite an experience being up that close to such a powerhouse of a band. Wth punk at its height, I saw them twice on the Powerage tour during 1978 when they would open the set with 'Riff raff', one of my all-time fave AC/DC songs - I'm somewhere down the front on that youtube footage of the band at Essex University (Colchester) on 21 October 1978, a set that was broadcast on the BBC in their 'Rock goes to college' series. The album following 'Powerage' entitled 'Let there be Rock' was probably the turning point for the band and "Whole lotta Rosie" from 'Let there be rock' used to make my all-time Top 20 rock chart on a regular basis. It probably appears in millions of other fans' charts too. I must admit to not being too keen on the Mutt Lange-produced 'Highway to Hell' and by that time (1979) I was much more into other great bands such as Priest, Kiss and Rush. To be honest with their relentless boogie onslaught AC/DC weren't the most sophisticated of bands - I had taste after all - but by that time and within just two short years AC/DC had taken themselves from relative obscurity to headliner status (Def Leppard were their support on some of those 1978 gigs). The background to just how they achieved their break-through, the terrible internal politics, the wrangling, the fights and bust-ups along the way, how the Young 'clan' rode the waves of misfortune and heartbreak, even turning them to advantage whenever somebody or something seemed poised to snatch it all away from them are detailed in this remarkable account by Mick Wall. Read this book and amuse yourself by seeking out those old clips on youtube- the band's first TV appearances playing 'High Voltage'or Bon Scott with long-hair, beard, and playing recorder in his hippy-trippy days with pre-AC/DC band Fraternity. Or worse re-visit his teeny-bopping 'Bay City Roller' band 'The Valentines'- great stuff! Wall's book focuses on the Bon Scott years necessarily - after all the band have done little since - aside from the Lange-produced 'Back in Black', one of the all-time great rock albums - and nowadays it's less about the music than the marketing, the merchandise and finding ever more inventive ways of re-cycling the back catalogue. Wall of course re-visits Bon's death - and questions at length the accepted wisdom that Scott died after choking on his vomit; he quotes eminent physicians on the risks of consuming even a small amount of alcohol with heroin in the system. (Scott's long-term girlfriend 'Silver' was a well-known dealer..). The circumstances and the build-up to the death are relayed in grim and gripping detail. The band and management bear some blame too for not having Bon chaperoned or 'watched' - the guys though were more business associates than friends and moved in different circles outside of the band. The period following Scott's death is fascinating for historians of AC/DC - how they picked themselves up and moved on, discovering Brian Johnson and hooking up with producer-extraordinaire Mutt Lange. Even Trevor Rabin gets in on the story. Wall discusses the various myths and rumours about their 1981 post-Bon Scott 'Back in Black' - the album that catapulted them to the top of the superstar first division; were most of the lyrics penned by Scott prior to his death? How much of the album was Lange-inspired? Why was Lange subsequently sacked ? The 1981 LP 'For those about to rock' and the 1982 world tour showed perhaps that the band could still cut it, but Wall is harsh on the abilities of Brian Johnson - song highlights post-Scott are few and far between in the AC/DC catalogue and it wasn't long before the new vocalist even gave up lyric-writing duties, if he ever had any. Of course it must be hard playing second-fiddle to Bon Scott's burning ever-brighter legacy, having constantly to proclaim his greatness and sing his songs. As Wall makes clear, there is no happy ending to the AC/DC story. Like the great white shark of the music world AC/DC go on " it's hungry snout pushing ever forwards". Even as the Young brothers approach old age and inevitable infirmity, the AC/DC legend is cemented with every Youtube click or CDR rip or 'Best of ' or 'Re-mastered..' sale - of course not all of the back catalogue is available to download on i-Tunes or elsewhere; the success of 2008's 'Black Ice was, Wall states, in part due to the decision not to make it available for download. But that surely can only be a matter of time as the band seek out new revenue streams. Having survived the death of Bon Scott and the utterly insurmountable and unrepeatable success of 'Back in Black', last year's 'Live at River Plate' is simply the latest leg of one long victory lap. And if as his blurb states, Mick Wall is Britains's best-known rock writer and broadcaster then this book surely cements his reputation too..