AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll
by Murray Engleheart & Arnold Durieux

Useful Acca Dacca profile, shorts and all

This 2006 biography of
Australia’s leading hard rockers
is one of a few equally tasty
books about the band, without
much to make it stand out from
the others apart from the
impressive pedigree of authors
Engleheart and Durieux. AC/DC’s
story has been told and retold
so many times that there’s not
much left to be said: these
days, Angus Young and his
band do an album, play a
massive tour and take five
years off, making them as
predictable as clockwork (but a
tad more exciting, especially
live). A brief word about last
year’s Black Ice album brings
the story up to date.

Maximum Rock & Roll does
a thorough job of detailing what
AC/DC have done and where
they’ve been over the four
decades of their career,
treading familiar ground with a
deft touch and a lot of
reconstituted interviews. Though
you won’t learn anything from
this book that you can’t find
elsewhere (for example, the
Alistair Kinnear story was broken
in this very mag by crossword
compiler Maggie Montalbano
back in 2004), what you do get
is a very precise analysis of one
of the biggest rock phenomena
to stalk the earth.

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Aurum | ISBN 9781845134969, 488 pages

Reviewed by Joel McIver
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