Highway to Hell

Highway to Hell Released in AC DC s Highway To Hell was the infamous last album recorded with singer Bon Scott who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of Officially chalked up to Death by Misa

  • Title: Highway to Hell
  • Author: Joe Bonomo
  • ISBN: 9781441190284
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • Released in 1979, AC DC s Highway To Hell was the infamous last album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980 Officially chalked up to Death by Misadventure, Scott s demise has forever secured the album s reputation as a partying primer and a bible for lethal behavior, branding the album with the fun chaos of alcoholReleased in 1979, AC DC s Highway To Hell was the infamous last album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980 Officially chalked up to Death by Misadventure, Scott s demise has forever secured the album s reputation as a partying primer and a bible for lethal behavior, branding the album with the fun chaos of alcoholic excess and its flip side, early death The best songs on Highway To Hell achieve Sonic Platonism, translating rock roll s transcendent ideals in stomping, dual guitar and eighth note bass riffing, a Paleolithic drum bed, and insanely, recklessly odd but fun vocals Joe Bonomo strikes a three chord essay on the power of adolescence, the durability of rock roll fandom, and the transformative properties of memory Why does Highway To Hell matter to anyone beyond non ironic teenagers Blending interviews, analysis, and memoir with a fan s perspective, Highway To Hell dramatizes and celebrates a timeless album that one critic said makes disaster sound like the best fun in the world.

    One thought on “Highway to Hell”

    1. I was certainly not expecting the book about Highway to freakin' Hell to be the best one of these 33 1/3 books I've read, but the author does a great job of reminding us of the life-changing effects of rock and roll when we were dumb-ass teenagers. Really, really excellent.

    2. I do love the 33 1/3 book seriesa continuous, multi-volume set of small books, that you can easily fit in your pocket (smaller than a paperback novel). Portability is a big sell for me. I loved taking my 33 1/3 books with me everywhere it was too easy for them to rest comfortably in my pocketavailable for me to read no matter where I was.The set-up of each book is very attuned to my tastesEach tome is written by a different author discussing a specific album of their fancy. You really never kow [...]

    3. Author Joe Bonomo says that AC/DC were never as dumb as they seemed. And I think he's correct. The band wrote smart songs that sounded stupid just like the Stooges, the Dolls, and the Ramones. It's nice to revisit Highway to Hell after all these years. In my opinion it's one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. It was also the last album featuring Bon Scott. With Scott at the microphone, AC/DC was funny and capable of producing hit records. After he passed away, however, the band got st [...]

    4. AC\C are a classic rock band of the 70's and 80's. You can't say that you haven't heard of them. They have earned a well deserved spot in music history. I am not a big fan but I can appreciate that they made it big. This book was written by someone who is a fan of the band but was not an all out raving lunatic admirer. I grew up listening to music in the 70's and 80's and can remember the days when music was fun. AC\C exemplifies that feeling. They were a balls to the walls band that was loud an [...]

    5. Not one the best 33 1/3 book, but far from the worst. Bonomo captures some of the Zeitgeist of the late 70s-early 80s, and does a good job of illustrating how AC/DC never really fit into any category. Perhaps his best point comes late in the book, where he points out the major difference between what the band were before the death of Bon Scott–essentially a band with a focal point that WASN'T Angus Young. In Bonomo's words, Bon Scott was the main attraction, and Angus was the cherry on top; th [...]

    6. Bonomo is a thoroughly pedestrian music-writer, in terms of style, so I *thought* about giving 3 stars *but* there is a good amount of info here. This is one of the 33 1/3 books that goes into a whole band history, not just the one album (other ex.s: Spiderland, Radio City), so this practically serves as your one-stop book for all things AC/DC.As I get further down the 33 1/3 book road, I've started getting a little less enjoyment since I'm now getting to books about albums I care less about. I [...]

    7. This book had its interesting moments, but too often the author wanted to make the book personal, more about himself and his relationship with the music at that time in his life than about the band and the album Highway To Hell. Despite that, I appreciated his insight and his attempts to make us understand the band more as people. I only give this book 3 of 5 stars, but it's a short book and worth a read. I did expect to get a bit more detail on The actual life and personality of Bon Scott, Angu [...]

    8. Devoting significantly less attention to the titular album then most of these books, it better serves as an abbreviated bio of the band. To that end it is alright though the efforts to intersperse the author's opinions and stories from his years as a fan undermined it somewhat.

    9. This book started off grabbing my attention but then Bonomo sort of veers off into a world of tangents. It's sad, because for a minute I almost cared about ACDC, but then he lost me, wrapping up the book in bland fashion.

    10. Another great 33 1/3 release. This one summed up wonderfully all the reasons Bon Scott era AC/DC is perfect rock and roll.

    11. DNF Maybe this is a great read. I couldn't tell you because it hurt my eyes so much to read the cramped text.

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