” againstThe vibes in AC/DC aren’t like singing in any other band. There are no walks. There is no way to save his voice for the next song. You defend your lands at every moment. There is distress. It’s like singing with a bayonet gun in your hands. Brian Johnson writes as he sings. Simple and straight down guts. And sometimes even with style: “You’d have to be a wounded animal to look for those notes in ‘Back in Black’, ‘Thunderstruck’ or ‘For Those About to Rock’.” Brian’s life * (a voluntary nod to the classic Monty Python, of which the author was a fan), AC/DC’s shy shriek delivers poignant fidelity to the highs (and lows) of its electric trek. Yes: it is above all a fan read. No: his interest didn’t stop there, the adventure was worth living, writing and reading.
Reminder for Dummies: Historically, the son of this founder is the third singer of AC / DC after the short-lived Dave Evans and above all the giant Bon Scott, who tragically passed away in February 1980 after a fatal combination of alcohol and other substances. 31 at the time and practically out of nowhere, Brian Johnson replaced the dearly departed on short notice, in the middle of recording an album. behind in the darkthe mega-“continuation”. highway to hell Released in 1979.
The first attempt, Master Stroke: was released on July 25, 1980 and has sold over 30 million certified copies in total, behind in the black It remains to this day the best-selling LP of all time, Behind excitement by Michael Jackson. Long mocked by purists obsessed with Terrible Scott, Johnson ended up winning the points and winning his place in the group, thanks to the power of his singing but also to his unanimously recognized human qualities.
Read also“Power Up”: AC/DC Rediscover Sacred FireBut for those who’ve been waiting for an epic detailed biography within AC/DC, since then behind in the dark in the 1980’s until Power up In 2020, you risk being disappointed: Courageous, now 75, mainly covers his life before AC/DC up to his appointment to the quintet and the recording and then release of behind in the dark. Through the intro and outro, Brian Johnson also opens up all the same on recent events and especially the terrible episode of his monstrous deafness that, in 2015, saw him temporarily sidelined from the band on tour. rock or bust. His bandmates then replaced him with fellow Guns N’Roses’ Axl Rose. A personal heartbreak that the artist frankly evokes, like the other great recent drama of AC/DC’s life – the untimely death of rhythm guitarist and co-founder, Malcolm Young.
Love at first sight for “Tutti Frutti”
For the rest, it’s humor and good-natured levity that triumph over these 355 deeply intimate pages drenched in the ink of rock love. We also savor the pleasure of learning more about this secret poet, whose song is often criticized, but not a single page of this book betrays the slightest resentment or jealousy. When reading a file Brian Lives, so you will know almost everything about the mold that Brian Johnson emerged from. The author dwells on many details that reveal a sensitive being and subject to frequent personal questioning. We can also see the dazzling montage of the teenage son of a worker in England at the dawn of the 1960s, as in Ken Loach’s film.
Johnson speaks of his Italian ancestry (through his mother), his poor childhood near Newcastle, the home scenes between his parents, his waking up to music from Kindergarten with his triangle which he “liked to ring”, and his little tape recorder as a crucial tool. A Christmas present, his introductory trip to Italy at the age of eight, his passing among the Sea Scouts (funny: his first scouting master was named Warren Young, no relation to the young brothers in AC/DC)…all of that and his first contact with rock and roll, of course. .
Johnson received heaven in the head the day he saw Little Richard sing the frantic “Tutti Frutti” on a British TV show. “I felt like I was suddenly plugged in. Every part of my body was prickly, from my hair to my nipples to the parts below that I didn’t even know how to use. I had never seen, heard, or felt anything like this before…”
And within his scout choir, his voice will appear for the first time, while his adolescence will be illuminated The bobbing sixtiesAnd Beatlemania and – most bizarrely from AC/DC singer – Bob Dylan. His obsession with music will lead the teen to create his first amateur group, Section 5, while he begins an apprenticeship as an industrial designer after school (launched with the help of Warren Young) to pay future bills.
Bruised from the failure of his group, Geordie
Aside from the book’s introduction related to the recent past, AC/DC didn’t get into the jig until page 235. Previously, the singer had written about his space, his more or less rickety first concerts, a serious car accident, his marriage, his hits, and then his galleys with his. Space saver Geordie, his infatuation with Jimi Hendrix to whom he compares to Angus Young…and a full accurate observation of the cultural revolution that engulfed England at the end of the sixties. The more attentive will also notice a certain kind of supposed anti-communism of the person in question, as well as the importance of the father and the electric relations between young Brian and the latter, the recurring theme of emotional intimidation. Brian Johnson’s affinity for a harder-edged style of sound became even more apparent when, in 1968, he discovered Status Quo as well as Black Sabbath and the legendary song “Paranoid” … influences that would fuel (in particular) Geordie’s style, the first real band that Younis (his nickname) would touch a brief hit before AC/DC.
With four albums between 1973 and 1978, Geordie would collect fifteen segments on the British TV show Top of the pops Despite this, one single will be in the top ten of the English charts (“All because of You”). From this period, and in the book, we especially remember Johnson’s amazing friendship with Roger Daltrey (singer of The Who), behind the scenes Top of the pops. And also this amazing tale of a chance meeting – the only one of his life – with Bon Scott, during a joint tour by Geordie and the Australian band Fang, where the future cult leader AC / DC headed. An account of the lean months following Geordie’s breakup in 1978 reveals Brian Johnson was on edge and deeply bruised by the failure: “It was a horrible, upsetting and trying time. I couldn’t sleep. I could hardly eat. I didn’t even want to see my friends.. Around the same time, Brian finds out that AC/DC is not on stage, but on BBC2, on the programme. Rock goes to college Broadcasting concerts that were filmed in student homes…
Her first audition for behind in the black
The book then continues to cram easy-drinking anecdotes like Angus solo, like this highway fix by Brian Johnson, who became a windshield (!) fitter for singer Ian Dury (the author of the hit). “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”), being late for a gig. Furthermore, Johnson reveals the origins of his unremovable stage attire – his American football jersey and especially his cap. Finally on page 271, chapter 18, Singer discusses his version of the facts surrounding his appointment to AC/DC.
We won’t say more here, but, again, the rocker knows how to show plenty of humor and sensitivity when he talks about his first audition with the group: a cover of Token’s “Lotta Rosie,” an angry classic immortalized by Bon Scott on the album Let there be a rock. Without a filter, Brian doubles down in his prose on tales of everyday life rather exciting, let’s face it, but the melody of boredom never interferes with reading: Jonah writes like an old friend, thrown in sharing his memories as if we were discussing them with him reclining on the bar of the local pub. The book gains credibility what it loses in perspective or analytical hindsight and that’s fine, it’s exactly what was expected of it. Just as raw rock would be expected from every AC/DC record.
Brian Johnson doesn’t really save himself over the course of the story, but he also has a knack for picking memories that says a lot about his humility. Witness the moment when, barely during his first audition with AC/DC, at Vanilla Studio in London, happy but convinced he never will be. the chosen, is hurrying back to Newcastle because his new custom car cover fitter’s business can’t wait! The more the author enters into the throes of a legendary erection behind in the darkthe higher the fever: fans will enjoy knowing how the first lines of the hits “Hell’s Bells” and “Back in Black” were found, what simple practical idea made it possible to get such a huge sound, which origins of the group’s legendary bell and where Made it or behind the scenes recording the album in the Bahamas.
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Amidst the maelstrom of news, Brian never forgets the basics: reminding us where he came from, his intimate jungle of doubts and all the indignities he endured, his way of social crucifixion up to this phone call. by Malcolm Young tells him of his instigation for the wondrous position of AC/DC’s new singer. Juna doesn’t believe it so much that he asks his interlocutor to call him back ten minutes later to confirm the news, time for a shock. influential. finally, Brian’s life He has everything to satisfy fans almost without a false note: emotion, humour, a hollow portrait of an artist who is rough but crumbly and therefore endearing… Frustration, we repeat here: Don’t read more about the post behind in the darkThe author blurred out all the years covering albums For those around to rock, we salute you (1981) to rock or bust (2014). vinyl sin: Brian’s life It made us shudder, and Brian Johnson promised us, in conclusion, to fill in the blanks after-behind in the black in a possible future size. Dear Brian, Those of you who will be reading salute you.
* life of brian, Written by Brian Johnson (Talent Editions). In a bookstore.
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