AC/DC Album by Album

AC/DC by Martin Popoff

Album by Album

Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780760353745
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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AC/DC Album by Album is an in-depth discussion of each of the band’s 16 studio albums by prolific rock journalist Martin Popoff and illustrated with phenomenal photography.

Formed in 1973, AC/DC became one of the most popular and bestselling bands in rock history with their no-frills approach to loud, heavy, and sweat-drenched blues-based rock music. This new book from prolific rock journalist Martin Popoff pays tribute to the band’s discography by moderating in-depth and entertaining conversations about all 16 of AC/DC’s studio albums, every page illustrated with thoughtfully curated performance and offstage photography and rare memorabilia.

Popoff gathers 17 rock journalists and authors who offer insights, opinions, and anecdotes about every release. Together, the conversations comprise a unique history of the band, covering everything from early lineups; the role played by the Youngs’ older brother, George; the songwriting and legendary antics of original vocalist Bon Scott; the mega tours undertaken in support of the LPs; the debut of singer Brian Johnson on the band’s mega breakthrough, Back in Black; the band’s fallow 1980s and 1990s resurgence; and later difficulties, such as Malcolm’s onset of dementia and the legal problems of drummer Phil Rudd. 

Martin Popoff has been described as the world's most famous heavy-metal journalist, though he has covered plenty of Punk and New Wave albums in his career of 7,000-plus album reviews. He has penned many books on various bands, genres of rock, and record collecting, including Voyageur Press' Rush: The Illustrated History; Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History; The Art of Metal; and The Big Book of Hair Metal. He has also worked on film documentaries about Rush and ZZ Top. Popoff lives in Toronto.

Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780760353745
Illustrations: color photos
Size: 7.48 in x 9.69 in / 189.99 mm x 246.13 mm

1.  High Voltage
2. T.N.T.
3. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
4. Let There Be Rock
5. Powerage
6. Highway to Hell
7. Back in Black
8. For Those About to Rock We Salute You
9. Flick of the Switch
10. Fly on the Wall
11. Blow Up Your Video
12. The Razors Edge
13. Ballbreaker
14. Stiff Upper Lip
15. Black Ice
16. Rock or Bust

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If you're a reader of Pure Grain Audio I must assume that you are a fan of AC/DC. If that is the case, and you want to learn more about AC/DC, this is an essential purchase. It is interesting, easy to read and will look great on your coffee table.
The detail provided here is exhaustive, with discussions of song order and album art differences (country to country in some instances) and the types of guitar tunings used in the studio; Geeky stuff, but, if you’re a fan of the band, the content here is simply catnip; A group of knowledgeable people talking passionately about one of hard rock’s most influential bands.
Hats off to Popoff for keeping conversations like this alive, this book being filled with tons of interesting trivia, behind-the-scenes tidbits, and a general knowledge of the band that will appeal to both lifers and casual fans who want to dig a bit deeper into this band's legacy, but who hope to get an honest and well-rounded look at it.