[Book Review] Bon: The Last Highway | Jesse Fink

The Last Highway

On February 19th 1980, Bon Scott, the then lead singer of the Australian rock group AC/DC passed away at only 33 years of age.  His death came after a night of heavy drinking with an acquaintance of his, Alistair Kinnar.  After arriving at his flat in the London suburb of East Dulwich, Alistair (who was intoxicated himself) was unable to carry Bon inside.  Alistair decided to leave Bon in his car over night to sleep off the alcohol.

He set the front passenger seat where Bon was lying all the way down and covered him with a blanket (or two).  Alistair then locked up the car and heading to his own bed.  When he awoke sometime in the late afternoon of the next day, Alistair made the gruesome discovery that Bon was dead.  Bon was lying at an awkward angle and had choked on his own vomit sometime during the early morning.

Two months later AC/DC, headed by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, were back in the studio recording their next album, Back In Black.  The Young Bros. decided to carry on without Bon (being over $1 million in debt is a solid motivator) and all of the lyrics to the album’s tunes was credited to their new lead singer, Brian Johnson.  Back in Black went on to have über success becoming one of the top ten selling albums (world-wide) of all time.


Both Bon’s death and his involvement in Back in Black have been questioned over the years but not seriously for the most part.  The only substance found in Bon’s body during the autopsy was the equivalent of a half a bottle of whiskey.  Questions to the band from the music press as to if any of Bon’s material ended up on Back In Black was answered with a “no” before they moved on to asking about Angus’ school boy uniform or where AC/DC got its name.  For many years there was no real reason not to believe the official story.

Leave it to the internet though to give a platform to the conspiracy theorists.  Here they can repeat misinformation and junk science until it grows into ‘fact’. (The world is flat, y’all!)   The more times it is stated that Bon had written the lyrics for some of Back In Black‘s songs, or the facts about his death are questioned, the chances become greater that someone will listen.

I bring all of this up because these internet rumors are an integral part of Jesse Fink’s book, Bon: The Last Highway.  Jesse claims that there is something to these conspiracies and that his book will provide evidence to show it.  Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.

AC/DC during the Highway To Hell photo shoot: From the left, Cliff Williams, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, Bon Scott

Jesse explores the last three years of Bon’s life, most of it taking place States side as the band hit the clubs and visited local FM stations while touring in support of Powerage and later Highway To Hell.  Along the way, Jesse (who was denied an interview by any of the band members) talks to the people Bon hung out with in between shows and recordings.  They are some former managers, radio DJs, and members of other bands they toured with.  But the majority of the interviews are with friends, acquaintances, and the many lovers he had.  (Those bulging, ripped jeans could talk! Lemme tells ya!)

These folks tell interesting enough tales about Bon.  They describe how he could light up a room while being an all around good guy to hang with, but he also could be recluse at times.  He was unsure of himself and didn’t like the ‘rock star’ persona he had to put on for every show.  He also didn’t know when the party should stop and would continue long after everyone else had ended their night.

Honestly, this is where the book is at its best.  Jesse is a good writer that will keep you invested as he spins these yarns.  When I read biographies I sometimes feel like I’ve cracked open an encyclopedia, but not with this book.


However, I do have an issue with Jesse’s journalism.  Jesse believes these people’s testimony can prove Bon’s work is on Back In Black and substances besides alcohol were in his body the night he died.  People who had a relatively brief encounter(s) with a man they hardly knew.  Most of which came away with good, lasting impressions of someone who would later go onto become a legend in rock music.

These are the people Jesse asks, Do you believe Bon could have written the lyrics to Back In Black‘s biggest hit, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long?  Can you guess what their opinion will be?  Some of these folks are not able to bring themselves to listen to post Bon AC/DC.  I can understand why since they’re fiercely loyal to his memory and it would be difficult to accept how the band went on to have greater commercial success without him.  But they are also likely to give an emotional opinion.  Let take a look at a few of them.

Bon’s former lover Holly-X from Miami Florida (an area the band spent a lot of time in) is convinced ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ is written about her.  Change a few words around, omit one lyric for another, point out how the horse she once owned that had a verb for a name gets a shout out, and she makes a convincing enough argument.  Thing is, I’m sure we can find a few ladies who spent some time with Brian Johnson who could make as convincing of a claim.  Interpreting the meaning behind song lyrics may be compelling, but it isn’t evidence.

holly x
Bon’s lady friend from Miami, Holly-X.  She claims the lyrics for “You Shook Me All Night Long” are about her.  True or not, Bon certainly had a good eye.

Vince Lovegrove, the lead singer of Bon’s former band The Valentines ‘confirmed’ that Bon’s estate receives royalties for Back In Black.  Hmmmm… why would the Scott family receive royalties for an album that Bon’s name doesn’t appear on?  And how does Lovegrove of all people know this?  According to the book, Bon’s brother told Lovegrove this interesting piece of accounting.  Hearsay aside, this is not evidence.  For one, Bon’s brother or Lovegrove could be mistaken.  Second, the interview took place in 2006.  Since Bon’s brother doesn’t claim the Estate has been receiving money since 1980 it could have started anytime in between.  It is possible that the Scott Estate receives royalties from the copies of Back In Black that were bundled inside AC/DC’s 1997 boxset, BonfireBonfire was designed as a tribute to Bon and features him prominently on the cover.

Could its inclusion in the Bonfire boxset be the reason why Bon Scott’s estate receives royalties for Back In Black?

Finally, one of Bon’s long(er) time lovers, Silver Smith claims the alcohol Bon downed on the evening he died was in celebration for “completing the lyrics for Back In Black“.  According to Silver, Bon wrote these lyrics down in a notebook and left it in his flat.  Since it was hastily stripped clean by the band soon after he died, this has led her to believe that they used his notes.  With all due respect to Silver, this makes no sense.

Some song writers do write music around lyrics.  Elton John is probably the most famous person I know that writes this way.  AC/DC does not.  Their business begins with hammering down a big guitar riff, maybe get an idea for a title, then melody and lyrics over top.  One thing that isn’t in dispute is how after the Highway to Hell tour ended, Bon did not have an opportunity to collaborate with the Young Bros. before he died.  So, how would Bon have the lyrics to songs he didn’t know the melody or phrasing of?  He would not know how many syllables to fit in a line, let alone words.  It is entirely possible he did have some ideas written down, but a full set of lyrics like Silver claims and Jesse backs is ludicrous.

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Bon’s long time girlfriend Silver Smith claims that he completed all of the lyrics to the Back In Black album the night that he died.

I could go on but I don’t want to turn this into an essay (If I haven’t already).  There are claims that Bon died of a heroin overdose instead of alcohol poisoning despite the autopsy report not mentioning it… ah crap… I have to go on.  This one sticks in my craw too…

Ok, so Jesse biggest piece of ‘evidence’ for this claim is how Alistair has changed the details in his story of what happened that night.  Over the 30 odd years Alistair had been interviewed about that night (He disappeared at sea in 2006.  Yeah, another odd part of the story), he added a second phone call to Silver Smith (apparently she was the one who told him to leave Bon in the car), how he was able to keep an eye on Bon from one of the windows in his flat, and how someone stopped by midday and told him his car was empty.  He went back to sleep thinking Bon got up on his own and left.

To Jesse, Alistair’s ever-changing story is proof of a cover up.  Jesse believes Bon died before they arrived at Alistair’s apartment.  Apparently Alistair wanted to wait to give the heroin in Bon’s system time to leave (How does heroin leave a dead body?) before calling an ambulance or the police.  Alistair later drove Bon to the hospital only after he thought it was ‘safe’.  Not an impossible theory, but also not a likely reason why Alistair changed his story over the years.

Place yourself in Alistair’s shoes for a moment.  You went out with this rock singer one night and now he is dead.  Year after year he becomes increasingly bigger in death than he ever was in life.  Every time his death is brought up, be it in a book, magazine, or blog post your name is in the cross hairs.  Your actions on that evening are questioned every time.  Imagine telling the story of how you threw a blanket on him and left him in a car on a chilly February evening.  Then you are asked the question, “How could you leave him like that?”

“Uh.. I asked the girlfriend twice what to do…. There was some one who stopped by and told me he left… I could see the bloke from my bedroom window…”

Wouldn’t your story change too?  These are attempts by Alistair to not present himself as the aloof drunkard he was that evening.  The burden of Bon’s death placed on his shoulders must have been unimaginable.  The fact is, Bon is the one who downed the booze that night, but no one wants to believe their hero makes mistakes.  It’s much easier to pin the responsibility on some guy from East Dulwich.

Towards the end of the book, Jesse builds to two theories he has for what ‘truly’ happened that evening.  His evidence was so thin to this point that I didn’t even bother to read them.  I approach a conspiracy like how detectives like Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Andy Sipowicz, or Odo would approach a crime.  Motive.  Motive is key.  Without motive you do not have a crime.  So, what reason would the Young Bros. have to cover up Bon’s death?  Why would they not take the opportunity to use Bon’s lyrics on a tune or two and not give him the credit?


Two people in the book do mention a couple of possible motives, but they are so ridiculous Jesse glosses over them quickly so the reader doesn’t spend too much time thinking about them. But they were the only ones I could find.

One is money.  The Young Bros. wanted to cut Bon out of the royalties and keep the dough for themselves.  Well, if we are to believe Bon’s estate is receiving a cut of the royalties for Back In Black, as well as Brian who is credited on the album, than this makes no sense what so ever.  The second is how The Young Bros. wanted (needed) to prop Brian up as an amazing song writer.  Again, if money was the motive here, the Young Bros. missed the mark.  What a crutch it would be for Back In Black to have the last two or three tunes ever written by Bon Scott, an album AC/DC desperately needed to succeed better than Highway To Hell.  Instead of they prop up Brian Johnson?  A relatively unknown singer they were not sure would be accepted.  It doesn’t add up.

I’d be cool with this book if Jesse presented these stories without prejudice and let people decide for themselves what to believe.  Instead he dismisses any testimony from the band as lies or takes quotes from them out of context.  He paints the Young Brothers as mustache twirling villains who are only out for their own greed.  At times, Malcolm is the bad guy, other times Angus is.  Sometimes they didn’t do enough to monitor Bon’s behavior, other times they pushed him away with attempts to control him.

Towards the end of The Last Highway, right before he is about to revel his theories, Jesse recaps all of his evidence which he admits is “Anecdotal, circumstantial and subjective”.  Three words that perfectly describe this book.  The stories Jesse uncovered about Bon do make it a worthwhile read, but I recommend you take his rhetoric with a huge grain of salt.



More AC/DC:

[Album Review] High Voltage (US)
[Album Review] Let There Be Rock (US)
[Album Review] Powerage
[Album Review] If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It!)
[Album Review] Highway To Hell
[Album Review] Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (INT)
[Album Review] For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
[Album Review] Flick of the Switch
[EP Review] ’74 Jailbreak
[Album Review] Fly On The Wall
[Album Review] Who Made Who
[Album Review] Blow Up Your Video
[Album Review] The Razors Edge
[Album Review] AC/DC Live
[Album Review] Ballbreaker
[Album Review] Stiff Upper Lip
[Album Review] Black Ice
[Album Review] Iron Man 2 (Deluxe Edition)
[Album Review] Rock Or Bust
[Album Review] Live At River Plate
[Album Review] Power Up
[Album Review] High Voltage (AUS)
[Album Review] T.N.T.

[Boxset Review] Bonfire
[Boxset Review] Backtracks (Deluxe Edition)

[DVD] Review] Stiff Upper Lip Live
[DVD] Review] Family Jewels
[DVD] Review] Plug Me In
[Blu-ray Review] Live At Donington
[Blu-ray Review] No Bull | The Director’s Cut
[Blu-ray Review] Live At River Plate

[Book Review] Bon: The Last Highway | Jesse Fink


  1. Great writeup…
    I’m one of those who do believe that those lyrics on BIB are Bon’s maybe not all but I think a good amount were used as I still have a hard time thinking about the timeline that AC/DC had back in 1980..
    Bon Dies at the end of Feb….get a new singer….write and record a whole album and play Tbay in July 80 just 5 months after Bon’s passing….
    Thats a lot of getting er done in s short time frame. Thats why I tend to lean towards Fink’s time on stuff…
    You are correct though as you have to take it with a grain of salt…
    Still though a great read and just confirms my thoughts that Pete Way was trashed the whole time hahaha…and than forms a band called Waysted!

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    1. Yeah, I know it is an incredible story but the way I see it is incredible things happen all the time. Doesn’t make them not true. Who knows? A year or two from now Brain could write a tell all book that would confirm all the rumors. Then maybe I’ll believe them. 😉

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  2. I don’t think his death was anything other than ‘misadventure’, but, like Deke, I do think Bon’s writings are used on Back In Black. Too many things there to ignore, but I guess that could also be Brian coming in and trying to replace Bon in such a short space of time… maybe.

    But, as someone who’s not all that invested in AC/DC, I can see how the theories aren’t all that wild. The royalties thing is quite complex, but I don’t think the estate would get royalties because that album is included in the box… so that wee nugget, if true, raises an interesting question.

    Motive? Money. Though I would suspect it had more to do with that million than cutting Bon out of anything. 2 month break? Jeez… show must go on, eh? Plus, AC/DC are now guaranteed to shift more units… the well oiled machine is ready to go!

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    1. But if the motive was money (album sales equate to money) wouldn’t it have been a safer bet to use Bon’s name on the album? I’m sure the band hoped that Back In Black would do as well as it did, but at that point it wasn’t a guarantee.

      If the royalty money was the motivator, then why put themselves in a position where they’re paying both Bon and Brian (If Lovegrove’s story is true)? If it isn’t true, I’d have to buy into how they put all of their trust in Brian, someone they hardly knew, and possibly anyone else who worked on the album to keep their secret. I think after 40 years, it would have come out a long time ago and we would have a Milli Vannilli sized story to talk about.

      I just doesn’t add up to me. Not giving Bon a song writing credit, something that most people (outside of us rock nerds) do not care about, to make it appear that they wrote the songs. It is an incredible risk to take when you don’t even know how well the album would do. You are not even sure how the public would accept him as a lead singer.

      Quickly getting back into the studio isn’t that far fetched to me either. This was their job and the bills from the Highway tour need to get paid.

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      1. I think getting in the studio that quickly after losing an integral member of the band is pretty swift. 2 months? Bills are getting paid with renewed interest in their albums…

        And I don’t doubt for a second that there was no awareness of the potential interest their next album would receive. Plus, if there was anything of Bon’s kicking around it meant they could jump right in, record, and wham bam! ready to prevent losing more cash and instead make more cash (sold more than all their previous albums and, is it right that it’s like the second biggest selling album ever!? – holy shit!).

        As for the royalty question: I guess they would have been in a position to negotiate a very different royalty split with Brian than they had with Bon (or Bon’s estate) and perhaps they didn’t expect to pay Bon’s estate? Thought it’d be a straight case of Brian’s name’s there and that’s the end of it. Someone mentions notebook and lyrics and… well, if no-one’s really talking to deny it, the estate ask questions. They end up having to pay some sort of royalty settlement thingy… doesn’t seem that far fetched, really.

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        1. I don’t know if the bills were getting paid.
          The band needed to pay for the tour from their cut of the album sales. Plus, at the time they had a demanding 10 album deal with ATCO/Atlantic that would have put them in breach of contract if they didn’t deliver on time. (They had to have re-negotiated since).

          There was interest in AC/DC’s next album for sure, but no guarantee it would be a success. I just can’t see them setting this scheme up for an album with the odds stacked hard towards it falling flat. It would have been a safer bet for them to exploit some of Bon’s unfinished work. Just like Queen, The Doors, or the Jimi Hendrix family did/does. They could have package and sold that much more easily, IMHO.

          True, Brian and Bon could have had a different deal worked out with the Youngs.
          But wouldn’t the Youngs need to give Brian a large sum to keep him quiet about this song writing business anyway? They are placing an enormous amount of faith in a man they hardly knew otherwise.

          And it is possible the estate could have got wind of a notebook floating around. So, the estate’s cut could be a form of ‘hush money’. But why not just get rid of the notebook at that point? They no longer need it. Why pay hush money when you can deny the book ever existed? If it turns out the Estate has a notebook, then how did the Youngs see it? Did they steal lyrics from it and then handed it over to Bon’s Mom? Dumber things have happened but I don’t buy it.

          BTW, I’m enjoying this discussion!

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          1. I still reckon the two months to reconvene and finish the album suggest (a bit of) coldness from the rest of the band (Youngs). I’d understand if it was just a case of someone quitting (or health). But hey, it is their boogie board and I can see the motivation to do so (money talks… and I think we’ve seen that’s the case over the last couple of years, anyhoo).

            I would argue that Back In Black was always like to be a success. Whether a sustained success is where doubt would lie. You have the AC/DC crowd, a new crowd and it sells itself because of the circumstances. Also, “It would have been a safer bet for them to exploit some of Bon’s unfinished work”… I guess they kinda did! 😃

            … and maybe Brian didn’t know. That’s possible, right? “Hey man, here’s some ideas we had when we were writing”?? But maybe he knew… “listen, man, we need to make this album happen quick, cause we are up to our eyes…” he says sure and adds his own stuff. No way he’s likely to say something now… integrity down the tubes. He’d be called all sorts. Enormous faith, sure…

            Was the notebook ever handed over? If so, I guess maybe the estate appealed to the last remnants of their humanity and the notebook, and any of Bon’s non AC/DC thoughts were handed over.

            I was doing some reading on this online and it’s quite the emotive topic, eh?

            Also, I’d personally like to add that I only like Bon-era and the fact Back In Black is the only Brian-era album I like is further proof that it’s Bon’s lyrics. Seriously, though, I’d like to see some serious examination of lyrics, tone and phrasing going on against pre and post Back In Black stuff.

            … and I’m enjoying this, too!

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            1. I don’t know, changing your lead singer is a big gamble. The band already been through highs and lows from one album to the next. High Voltage did OK for a debut in the States, but then Atlantic passed on Dirty Deeds. Let There Be Rock did even better, but then Powerage slumped. I’m sure they were confident after finishing BiB that it would do well, but this scheme would have had to be in place during the recordings.

              A few of the lyrics in question, including “She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean” and “American Thighs ” are believed to be credited to Bon. Brian has been on record numerous times claiming that he came up with those lines. So he would have to be in on the conspiracy unless we are dropping those accusations.

              I’ve stayed away from the back and forth on this subject online, so I’m a little disconnected with what others are saying. I’ve already received a little crap on YouTube for my If You Want Blood video. It’s true. People get a little personal about this stuff. Good thing this blog is small time!

              I’m not sure how much an examination of the lyrics would show. Since Angus and Mal are credited as song writers on all of the albums, their understated contribution to many of the lyrics in both eras would explain any commonality. Admittedly, even I see a dip in the overall quality of the lyrics post BiB, but I’d argue that they didn’t exactly fall off of a cliff. Spellbound, Who Made Who, and heck even Thunderstruck has some cracking lyrics.

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              1. I think the circumstances make it less of a gamble, so wouldn’t necessarily think the scheme would have to be in place. I dare say they would be confident they had a great batch of songs and they wanted to move ahead with them.

                I’m certainly not saying that Brian didn’t contribute anything at all lyrically. You’d imagine that he would. Means he doesn’t really need to know about the shady stuff.

                But yeah, probably a good idea not to read too much of the stuff online. I read a few bits and pieces and thought “oooft”. I thought some of the Stone Temple Pilots fans were bad!

                That’s a good point about the Young’s. Even if they didn’t write the lyrics, they could easily claim they did. Which I guess is why they whole scheme is perfect. What we need is a Columbo…

                “Thank you for your time, Mr. Young… oh, just one more thing”.


  3. I just stumbled on your blog because I was looking up reviews and trying to verify any of the information that is written in Bon: The Last Highway and I agree one hundred percent with you about taking any info in this book with a grain of salt. To me, it sounds like he (Fink) is pissed off at the Young brothers because he wasn’t able to get close enough to the AC/DC camp to interview them. Of course, during the writing of this book, Malcolm was struggling with his dementia, so there was no way he would be able to interview him anyway. Also, the way he says it was Bon and not Brian who wrote the Back In Black album lyrics, is disrespectful to Brian. How the hell would this author know about who wrote the lyrics? He wasn’t there and neither was all these people who stated that Bon wrote the lyrics. Like you said, according to most reliable sources it’s generally known by most AC/DC fans that when writing songs Mal and Ang would write music first, then the lyrics and melodies would be written after. Why would Bon write complete lyrics and melodies when the Young brothers had just barely started writing the music? This book reads like one big conspiracy theory and a lot of it is just pure speculation and hearsay. All these ex-lovers of Bon’s that are interviewed and say that Bon wrote the Back in Black lyrics, or the Young brothers weren’t close to and intimidated Bon, and he didn’t like being in AC/DC sound unbelievable. If he didn’t like being in AC/DC or the Youngs didn’t want him in the band because of his excessive drinking, two things would happen: 1- Bon would have left the band or 2- Mal and Ang would fire him. The Young brothers have no problem firing band members if they didn’t want them in the band no more, i.e. Mark Evans, Phil Rudd, etc. All of these women stated that they had drinking and substance abuse problems and that makes me not want to believe any of their stories anyway. Plus, its been between 38 and 41 years since the events in this book transpired, add that to drinking and drug problems, and the memory tends to get foggy. I’m not stating any of this as fact and it may sound biased because I’m a lifelong fan of AC/DC but I have a hard time believing any of this book.


    1. Hey man, sorry for the late reply. Life has been super busy lately. Thanks for the read and the comment. I agree. This book was just a cash in on some internet rumors. Fink went in with a conclusion of what happened and tried to find evidence to support it. That is the opposite of good journalism where you look at the evidence and come to a conclusion afterword. The problem for him with doing it right is he would have arrived at the a non-salacious truth that wouldn’t have sold enough books.


  4. You clearly have no idea what you’re reviewing and have zero knowledge of the business of books. How easier my life would be if I were “cashing in”. Four years of work – ker-ching!
    “Jesse believes these people’s testimony can prove Bon’s work is on Back In Black and substances besides alcohol were in his body the night he died…. This book was just a cash in on some internet rumors. Fink went in with a conclusion of what happened and tried to find evidence to support it. That is the opposite of good journalism where you look at the evidence and come to a conclusion afterword [sic]. The problem for him with doing it right is he would have arrived at the a non-salacious truth that wouldn’t have sold enough books.”
    Where in the book do I say there’s proof? Do I use the word “proof” in relation to either the heroin overdose or the issue of the lyrics?
    Page numbers refer to the updated 2018 edition…
    Page 8: “My wish all along with Bon: The Last Highway was to write his story without any prejudice or confirmation bias, without pandering to vested interests, and above all else to keep an open mind.”
    Page 273: “On the balance of probabilities and with all the available evidence, there’s very little to show that Bon died from hypothermia but plenty to suggest he perished from something else.”
    Page 357-360: ” “There is enough common information for a discerning reader (provided they don’t subscribe to the coroner’s finding of alcohol poisoning) to make up their own mind about what happened to Bon… I think it’s fair to peg heroin as the most likely agent of Bon’s demise… I hope, the chronology of events leading up to Bon’s death will be settled conclusively. I am merely presenting here two theories involving heroin, using the only accounts likely to be available any time soon.”
    Open mind. Balance of probabilities. Suggest. Most likely. Theories. Are they words or phrases that sound like I’m passing off my educated “conclusion” (which I’m entitled to, as Bon’s biographer and a forensic researcher of his final years) as “proof”?
    You also omitted Angus Young’s comments re Bon’s lyrics possibly being on Back in Black. (Hint: pages 318-319). I really don’t need to use others’ conjecture and theories about Back in Black (that’s what “anecdotal, circumstantial and subjective” refers to, by the way – have a look: page 336) to support my overall argument that Bon made some sort of contribution to the album. It seems Angus does a good job himself.
    Have a good day.


    1. “You clearly have no idea what you’re reviewing and have zero knowledge of the business of books.”

      Well, you’re half right there. Regardless if you believe me, I have grasped the concept of what a book is. But I do admit to having zero knowledge of the business of books. Money is not the only way of ‘cashing-in’.

      “Where in the book do I say there’s proof? Do I use the word “proof” in relation to either the heroin overdose or the issue of the lyrics?”

      Thank you for admitting you have no proof.

      And you were clever to not use the word “proof”. Big deal. On the back of your book, the blurb claims you have “startling new information about Bon’s last hours to solve the mystery of how he died.”

      Like I had said, if you had presented your information and let the reader come to their own conclusion, fine. But you do not do that. Instead, you claim…

      …”Open mind. Balance of probabilities. Suggest. Most likely. Theories.” as satisfying evidence for what happened to Bon. Yeah, mystery solved.

      As for Bon writing tunes on Back in Black, I believe our editions do not sync up because I didn’t see any comments from Angus on the pages you are referring to. But, what I did find was quotes from Brian. And you use his words against him a lot.

      “… the boys had a title. Malcolm and Angus said, ‘Hey listen, we’ve got this song. It’s called “Shook Me All Night Long.” And that’s what we want the song to be called.’ And if you listen to the chords on there – it was, you know, You shook me all night long – it just fell in any way, so I can’t claim anything, credit on that thing. But the rest was just the fill, you know, the verses and stuff. And it all worked out smashing.”

      Where in your book do you fulfill your responsibility as a journalist and give this quote proper context? Brian is almost always humble or self-deprecating in an effort to be entertaining in interviews.

      You don’t do this because your focus was on supporting your theory instead of presenting the evidence fairly. That is the kind of journalism I cannot appreciate.

      Anyway, I am having a good day and I hope you are having one as well.

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  5. Fantastic work, sir! Even better, reading this, now I pretty much don’t have to read the book ha! And given the author’s response to it, I doubt I will now anyway.

    Also, I can’t stop thinking about that person sitting in the background of that Holly-X picture. And yes, I noticed them there, though admittedly it took me while because the subject of the photo is definitely an excellent subject. But, I mean, what’s that background person’s story. How were they involved? Or better yet, could you not have just changed your photo angle a bit to exclude them from the shot, ike photography 101? Weird.

    Reading this review, another thing twitched in my mind, and that’s the Brian Jones story with the Stones. Is the official story the real one? Books have been written about that too. Maybe not full parallels there, but my brain coughed up that hairball and it’s probably unhelpfu. You’re welcome!

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  6. Great review! I didn’t think about it before but it must’ve been hard for Alistair Kinnear all these years knowing that he was with Bon before he died and then the next day, he died in his car! The conspiracy theories though, it’s weird how people buy into those things that Bon contributed to ‘Back in Black.’

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    1. Thanks, Lana! Yes, that had to be heavy on his mind. People will believe what they want to believe, regardless if there is any evidence. I’m not closed to the idea that some of Bon’s lyrics ended up on Back in Black, I just haven’t seen any evidence to show that it happened. And, it doesn’t make any sense. They just met Brian. Now they are going to try and pull off a conspiracy with him? That is a crazy risk that I find too hard to believe. Especially when there was little to gain by doing it.

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      1. There were documentaries on the Making of Back in Black too. I think they came up with the “Back in Black” riff on the Highway to Hell tour yeah? But I don’t think Bon contributed lyrics for the album. Besides anyone who thinks Mal and Angus were bad guys is probably nuts.

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        1. Yeah, I’ve watched a few docs on Back In Black were they peel back the curtain on the writing process. It all seems legit to me and I don’t believe Bon’s lyrics on on the album at all.

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