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.

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Aurum | ISBN 9781845134969, 488 pages

Reviewed by Joel McIver
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