In addition to having just signed a contract with Bloomsbury to write an entry on Saturday Night Fever for the great 33 1/3 series of little books about albums, there is right now ‘on the shelves’, as we used to say, a new global edition of Highway to Hell through Verse Chorus Press. I’ve lost count of how many editions this book has been through; perhaps all I should say is, Hey, all those readers over 30 years – a quarter-million of them – can’t be wrong! Certainly I think it is at the very least the most enduring and widely-travelled Australian music book ever published. For this new edition, it has had to be redesigned, with a new cover illustrated by the great Glenno Smith (see below!), and some new pix and graphic features. In terms of the text, the guts of the book and its general thrust remains the same of course, although since the option existed for more pages, there’s been a few fleshy bits and pieces reinstated from the original cutting-room floor; plus it addresses the misinformation and conspiracy theories that in our Trumpian age of fake news seem to have floated to the top; it also addresses Bon’s ever-deepening legacy in the wake of the death of Malcolm Young and the consequent winding-down of AC/DC. There’s been a fair bit of drivel written about Bon over the years; in this book you will meet the man in a fully-rounded portrait, and lament for the hole he left in rock’n’roll than can never be re-filled…
It is available outside Australia from all the usual sources.