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AC/DC book informative but meandering

Though there are some meandering excursions, the real treat comes in the quirky details of this well-illustrated book.
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Phil Sutcliffe
AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock ’n’ Roll-The Ultimate Illustrated History
Voyageur Press, 978-0-7603-3832-2
Hardcover, 224 pages, $35


By Michael Popke

The “Angus spinner” on the cover of "High-Voltage Rock ’n’ Roll" – billed as the first illustrated history of AC/DC – reflects the playful storytelling approach author Phil Sutcliffe takes with one of hard rock’s most-loved bands. While the veteran music journalist adequately augments more than 400 images of backstage and performance photos, handbills, gig posters, picture sleeves, record-label promos and other memorabilia with a chronological narrative, the real treats come in the quirky details. For example, a pastor in Springfield, Ill., so riled up AC/DC’s “Christian Right” foes in the mid-1980s that the band was forced put a “Singers For Christ” sign on their tour bus when it rolled through town.

Sidebars by noted rock writers are hit-or-miss: Extensive album-by-album coverage encourages readers to revisit the band’s back-catalog, but a meandering excursion into the guitar gear used by Angus and Malcolm Young and a scholarly piece on AC/DC’s place in punk short-circuit the narrative.

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