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The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  134 ratings  ·  31 reviews
***Selected as #1 MUSIC BOOK OF 2014 by***
"A largely untold, more controversial story... anything but a hagiography. A fresh, incisive take on the band. Though Fink's deffo off the Christmas card list, he writes passionately about a band he adores."
- MOJO (UK) (four-star review)
"An essential read for fans of the band. Most important, The Youngs gives
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 1st 2013)
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Anthony Siokos
Jan 15, 2014 Anthony Siokos rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: AC/DC fans, Lovers of rock music
Best. AC/DC book. Ever.

I bought a copy for my Dad, my girlfriend's Dad (and sent it to the UK), and one for my mate. We all agree that this book is not just about one of the most awesome bands of all-time, but Jesse Fink's research was something else. Talk about detailed. You'll learn more about the Youngs and AC/DC, no matter how obsessed you think you are with the band, by reading this book.

Buy it. Share it. Tell people about it.
Todd Charlton
Jesse Fink's book is the best one I've read about the rise of the world's greatest rock n roll band. Fans of the band will already be familiar with the stories of the Young brothers' "closed shop" approach to strangers, acquaintances and colleagues alike. People who contributed to the band's success along the way were reportedly discarded like a piece of 'ripe fruit you squeeze the juice out of then cast aside'. There's many many names mentioned in the book and they kind of become a blur after ...more
Stefán Hlynur
Perfect Book About The Best Band In The World Fact Brilliant To Read Thank You For This Book Jesse Fink Best Book I Have Read Again Perfect
Peter Carroll
I've been a fan of AC/DC since I was eleven years old. That's a lot longer ago than I'd like it to be but, suffice to say, I only just missed out on seeing them live with Bon Scott before he died. I would have to say they are my favourite band and with the reviews of this book, in the main, glowing, I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, for me, it didn't live up to the hype.

I've not read loads of AC/DC biographies but I have read a couple, plus countless articles and interviews over
Unfortunately, I didn't find this as much of a story about the Young brothers or AC/DC as I found it a collection of what ought to be footnotes to that missing story. The common theme is: the Young brothers are kind of mean, and won't talk with anyone. The evidence of that is recollections by some pretty random people, who seem less willing to actually talk details the more involved they actually were with the band. A guy who may have played drums with them on their first album (or maybe not), s ...more
Karen Elizabeth
Title notwithstanding, "The Youngs" is more about the people and personalities behind the marketing of AC/DC than the Young brothers or the band itself. It is also more a compilation of theories, speculation, and anecdotes than definitive information--not surprising, considering the subjects' refusal to be interviewed or otherwise involved. Much of the book is devoted to argument about who deserves credit for which part of AC/DC's rise to the top. ("Who Made Who," indeed!) The photograph section ...more
Rafaey Ali
Jesse Fink simply doesn't get AC/DC. He compares Brian Johnson's post-Razor's Edge voice to "a strangled cat", says that Thunderstruck is the only good song of the last 30 years, and proclaims their most recent tour as "corporate." Anyone who asserts Back in Black the "last great album" is entirely confused, and completely undeserving of even a passing glance by the Youngs--it's no wonder he wasn't acknowledged by them at all in his attempts to contact them for his disgruntled attempt at just an ...more
East Bay J
I had looked forward to reading The Youngs for some time, ever since hearing about it. I mean, a book about George, Malcolm and Angus. What, for an AC/DC fan, could be better than that?

A good friend bought The Youngs and started in. Days later, he informed me that he was not enjoying it and would I like to have a go? Of course I said yes, having anticipated reading this book for some time and being presented with an opportunity to read it without paying for it. Hallelujah!

I got my hands on it an
Here's the thing with biographies on rockstars - a lot of the time they seem to kiss ass, or regurgitate the same chronological events with a new prosaic flare. But, as Fink's 50+ page introductory chapter explains, this isn't like that. In fact, he's quick to point out that, far from being the perfect producers of music, they've actually produced quite some crap in their time.

Is this where AC/DC fans curl their toes in discomfort? Well, no, because Fink looks into the Youngs overall without a l
Cameron Marshall
I picked this book up as more a fan of the writer then the band & Jesse has delivered once again.

The Youngs is great read & very well researched. Through Jesse's honest and no b.s writing I learn't a lot I didn't know about the band, the people involved with the band, and the measures some will go to to be the best.

What i liked most about this book though was that it wasn't another fan writing about a bands history, (although I do enjoy a good biography). It was written by someone who
Timothy Watson
From a diehard AC/DC fan, this is a must read. I first saw the band on the "Flick" tour in Lakeland, Florida when I was 16. My favorite albums from AC/DC are Powerage, LTBR, and Back in Black. But I also love FOTS, FOTW, IYWBYGI, among the rest. I saw the "Black Ice" tour also. The beginning of the book sets the tone. The record business is ruthless. But with the guidance of George Young and Harry Vanda, Malcolm and Angus learned how the business works, and they were going to make their own musi ...more
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the First Reads program.

When AC/DC first appeared on my radar, back in the 70s, I thought they were horrible. I still think so, and so you may want to take my remarks with a grain of salt. The author of this book is an unabashed fan of the group, and despite his disparaging remarks towards other authors whom he calls "fanboys", is himself quite obviously a fanboy. He starts his story with the older brother, George Young, who was in a group called The
Anthony Anderson
I really enjoyed reading the book as well as Jesse Fink's writing style.I found it very interesting at the start of the book when he described in detail about his depression and how his mood would change whenever he listened to an AC/DC song.Like Jesse i too struggle with depression and i too have found on days when i am feeling flat or need a bit of motivation i listen to some of my favourite AC/DC songs and just hearing the strong beat and catchy tunes gives me an instant lift and a spring in ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

From TNT to It's a Long Way To The Top (if you want to rock-n-roll) to Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Highway To Hell, the music of AC/DC has spoken to generations of Australian 'bogan' youths wearing torn denim jeans, flannel shirts and ugh boots. This year, AC/DC celebrates 40 years since its formation in 1973 having spawned 26 albums, From High Voltage released in 1975 to Live at RiverPlate in 2012, and more than 200 million in album sales.

At the core of the Australian band's international
Craig Norman
One of the best Christmas presents I've ever received. And seeing as it's AC/DC's 40th anniversary as a band, here's a little review.

This is, quite simply, a terrific book. It's not a history of AC/DC as such, nor is it a biography of its subjects - AC/DC have consistently refused to deal with any writers throughout their history. It sets out to tell the story of how a family of short-arsed Scottish immigrants - whose introduction to Australia was the now Villawood Detention Centre, by the way -
This Charming Mum
Jesse Fink has written a curious sort of biography/historiography of AC/DC, the band created by brothers George, Malcolm and Angus Young in 1973. Celebrating their 40 years in the biz, Fink’s book positions them as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. “They are so recognised, so adored all over the world they are almost above introduction, having come up with some of the best songs and most memorable guitar riffs in rock.”

Global hits like Jailbreak, You Shook Me All Night Long and It’s A
Dwayne Fuller
Being a massive AC/DC fan The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is a fabulous insite into the band brilliantly written and well researched. From the beginning of this incredibly interesting book the comparison of 120 million dollars worth of art and Back In Black, $9.99 on iTunes a Riff which does more for me than mega art just goes to show the impact AC/DC can have on you. And from this point on i was totally hooked, like a drug the impact was amazing and that's in the first few paragraphs. ...more
Paul Young
Somewhat interesting book on AC/DC written by what I can only can a superfan, Jesse Fink. His foreword seems like a third of the book. Fink records criticisms of the band and their output and then tells you why the critic is wrong. It got old very quickly.

Still, the band history is interesting and Fink covers issues from several angles. For the casual fan like me, I learned quite a bit.
Joe Matera
I've read nearly every book written about AC/DC but Jesse's book is the first that takes a different route and approach to all the others, telling the AC/DC the story from a different perspective with the Young brothers and family as its centre point. Tracking down many of the key people and players in the Young story and history, unveils new information and unturns many stones that previously remained unturned. The picture one forms of the Youngs and the band itself is more complete than previo ...more
This is the only book I read about AC/DC, and it was on impulse.

I'm glad I read this first, now I want to check out some of the other ones to hear other sides of the various stories and myths about the band.

Takeaway: there are MANY, many stories about AC/DC and the Youngs who created it, but the Youngs ain't talking (at least not yet).

Malcolm was always my fave member of the band, and probably my fave rhythm guitarist of all time. Now that he is out of the band and fighting dementia, the axle on
Peripheral paraphernalia, allegations, apocrypha, and minutiae. Much of the book ends up being about everyone but the people inside AC/DC. Two and a half stars, really.
Eric Sarrett
How could you make a book about such a decadent band so boring?!
Author takes himself way too seriously, can't stay out of the narrative, and comes off as a douche!
David Richardson
I received this book for free from the Goodreads first-read giveaway. This is the first book about AC/DC that I have read even though I have been listening to them since 1977. I learned a lot of things that I didn't know. Never even heard of George Young.... There are a whole lotta names too keep track of in this book so I suggest that you start on pg. 282 where there is a list of "Who Made Who". The general theme is that there are many stories about the band, told from different points of view, ...more
Being a huge AC/DC fan and having read many other biographies of this iconic band, I thought I knew all there was to know about them. That was until I read "The Youngs". Jesse Fink reveals aspects of the bands road to success that surprised and enthralled me. He delves into territory that other biographers of AC/DC have either neglected or have been too sycophantic to explore. This is an original and very well written book. I recommend it to any fan of AC/DC who wants to read a candid and well r ...more
Kara Backlund
A lot of facts strung together in a not-so-interesting manner. For more of an insider take, with lots more quotes and interview excerpts from band members, I recommend AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll by Murray Engleheart.
Justin Civitillo
The Youngs provides some fascinating insights into the background and development of some of the band's most important songs, as well as critiquing and providing new information on some of the controversies surrounding the behaviour of the Youngs and other members of the band towards their associates. I highly recommend this excellent book, especially for those who are fans of AC/DC, in addition to rock music aficionados.
Kristian Brockmann
Brilliantly put together effort and a nostalgic of inspirational journey back to the era of classic rock and roll. Loved every little revelation along the way. Immediately played the band long and loud. Great work Jesse! A great story, leading to a revival of early days in the lengthening years ahead. Perhaps too an excuse to learn a few dance steps... Music, the echoes of the ages...
Terry Shockley
Jesse Fink has brought a new light to being in a Rock band, dirty deeds done by Record companies, Everything you could ever want to know about the Greatest Rock and Roll Band AC/DC is right here at your finger tips.
There are other books about the band, however Jesse's work has shed a new light on the inside workings of AC/DC. The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is top shelve.
Chris Tanner
what a great read ... Fink's incredible insight into the heady days of Australia's greatest music exports takes you to another time and place ... the story behind what you remember listening to in the 70s and 80s draws you in from the first page ... one of the best books I have read about the music industry
Great/fantastic/brilliant read.
I've read all the accadacca books, and this one nails it. Highly recommend reading it. Different facts, brilliantly worded. U won't be disappointed and u won't want to put it down.
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Jesse Fink was born in London in 1973. He is the author of the bestselling book THE YOUNGS: THE BROTHERS WHO BUILT AC/DC, which was translated into six languages. He is one of Australia’s leading writers on sex and relationships, contributing regularly to Australia’s top-selling weekend glossy, Sunday Style. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
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