"The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC "is unlike any AC/DC book you've read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic rock songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making.Read more...
"The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC "is unlike any AC/DC book you've read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic rock songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making.
Important figures from AC/DC's long way to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the band's success are given the credit they are due. Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational new details emerge to cast a whole new light on the band's history especially their early years with Atlantic Records in the United States. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N' Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their take on the Youngs' brand of magic.
Their music has never pulled its punches. Neither does "The Youngs." After 40 years, AC/DC might just have gotten the serious book it deserves."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Above all, journalist Fink’s look at the band addresses the question that he believes most mainstream rock critics have never been able to answer about AC/DC: “Why have they endured and resonated endured and resonated with hundreds of millions of people and inculcated such fierce loyalty and outright fanaticism?” The answer is that the unrelenting tenacity of the Young brothers: rhythm guitarist Malcolm, the group’s quiet leader; manic lead guitarist Angus; and producer George, the architect of their early sound. By tracing the lives of 11 songs from the band’s 40-plus-year career, Fink charts the history of the band’s success and examines the recording process behind each song. “It’s a Long Way to the Top,” from 1975 is the vehicle for a discussion of the effort Atlantic Records expended breaking the group in America, while “Back in Black” is a fascinating look at the band’s tempestuous relationship with producer Mutt Lange, who crafted their best work but ultimately alienated them with his tendency “to strive for technical perfection at the expense of feel.” (Aug.)