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The Lives of Brian (Paperback)
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The Lives of Brian (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages
Published: 25/05/2023
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In this riotous, lovable memoir packed with outrageous stories, the iconic frontman of AC/DC shares his journey from County Durham choir boy to globally adored rock god, no holds barred.

‘It wasn’t me. I didn’t do it. And I’ll never do it again!’ says Brian Johnson of The Lives of Brian.  That AC/DC’s legendary front man got to do it all is one of the most cheering and entertaining stories in rock ‘n’roll history.

The son of a British army sergeant-major and Italian mother, Brian grew up in Dunston, Tyne and Wear, as it emerged from the shadow of the Second World War.  Then he saw Little Richard on the BBC and it changed the course of his life.

The choirboy and cub scout was going to be singer.

For over a decade he tried to make his mark with a succession of bands.  He appeared on Top of the Pops, toured Australia and yet the big time looked out of reach.  Then he was invited to London for an audition for one of the world’s biggest rock acts. AC/DC were a band in crisis following the tragic death of their lead singer, Bon Scott, but with Brian on board they would record their masterpiece: Back in Black. It became the biggest selling rock album of all time.  The tour that followed played to packed out arenas.  Quickly embraced by the band’s fans, the new boy had earned his spurs.  But there was to be a twist in the tale.  In 2016, Brian was forced to quit the band after being diagnosed with hearing loss, only to make a triumphant return to the band he loved with the release of 2020’s smash hit album Power Up

It’s been a rollercoaster of a life, throughout which Brian’s kept his feet firmly on the ground, never losing touch with his roots.

Warm, vivid, evocative, life-affirming and often laugh-out-loud funny, The Lives of Brian tells the story of one of our most well-loved performers in his own inimitable voice

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405945592
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 291 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Think Monty Python meets This Is Spinal Tap . . . Both a rollicking tale of rock's bygone glory days and a deeply human account of a working-class boy who never gave up. Told in Johnson's light, engaging prose, it's everything you want, and didn't know you wanted, from a rock-star memoir - Mail on Sunday

A story full of splits, triumphant returns and no shortage of outrageous incidents - Mail+

A tale of fate, serendipity and dogged determination - Mojo

Johnson is a natural storyteller - Mail Online

Warm, starkly comic and uplifting ... The Lives of Brian is a literary twin of an AC/DC album - wild material woven together seamlessly, and always leaving you wanting more. - Hot Press

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“Another blast”

Can’t wait to read those anecdotes, Brian is such a great raconteur.

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
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“Hilarious with truly poignant moments”

Just buy it, read it, enjoy it, laugh out loud and occasionally cry.
Enjoyed every single word, looking forward to the next one.

Hardback edition
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“A very interesting read”

I've loved ac/dc long before Brian Johnson joined them ,but o also remember him in a band called Geordie ,so it's a must read for me ,took me a week to read ,loved it ,he started off very poor and the way... More

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