Here comes another book about someone who slipped away far too soon — The Last Highway: The Untold Story Of Bon Scott And AC/DC’s Back In Black is scheduled to hit the racks Tuesday November 07. The book is authored by Jesse Fink, who also wrote 2015’s The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. Fink calls this new tome “a passion project”, saying it’s “the biggest book I’ve ever written”. He says the focus is “the story of Bon’s years in America, 1977-79, and his mysterious death in England in 1980.”
The media release for the new book refers to Scott’s death as “the Da Vinci Code of rock” and says fact will be sorted out from myth, with the the meat of the matter being ” the special — and unlikely — friendship between an Australian rock star and an alcoholic Texan troublemaker.” The story starts in Austin in 1977, and wraps with Scott’s untimely death in February 1980 in London; that timeframe saw the band’s rapid ascension even while they tackled backstage crises.
As well as the background info Fink got while he was writing The Youngs, the new book contains the results of what the media release hypes as “unprecedented access” to people in Scott’s personal life and “newly unearthed documents”, along with a hoard of the de rigeur “never-before-seen photos” culminating in “startling new information about Bon’s last hours to solve the mystery of how he died.”
Apparently one of the nuggets in the book is the fact that Scott called Fink a few months before he died and said that he was ready to quit AC/DC, along with the drinking which he felt was going to kill him. About which, sadly, he turned out to be correct.