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Bon: The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
"A fascinating read. You won't be able to put it down once you get started."
- Chris Jericho, Talk is Jericho (Westwood One)

"After being made aware of the previous poor attempts to tell Bon's story, I decided to read Bon: The Last Highway. Fink's book deserves 10 out of 10 for effort in gathering all the information possible.... Theory Two [about how Bon died] could not be
Paperback, North American, 504 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by ECW Press
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Johnny Hirschfeld
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
At times it reads like a true crime novel with conspiracy theories thrown in (since the author is forced to fill in many blanks based on conflicting as well as missing opinions). I felt like I learned a lot about Bon Scott as a person and I guess the Young brothers as well. I would highly recommend for anyone who loves the early Bon era AC/DC. In the end it’s a shame that no one got him into rehab and it’s a shame that no one really invested effort to investigate what happened that day. If the a ...more
Nick Cavuoto
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm only about a quarter of the way through but I have to say that I am not loving this book. It's not especially well written. It tends to be redundant and seems to try a little too hard to push it's conspiracy theories. It feels just too desperate to paint the Youngs and their handlers in a bad, mafia-esque light. I'm not quite buying it. Most damning of all though is that I don't get a very clear picture of just who Bon Scott was. He was obviously a conflicted man, but you don't convey intern ...more
Tom Edwards
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Bon The Last Highway,” by Jesse Fink is a highly entertaining trip back in time to the halcyon days of the late 70’s when Bon Scott, the lead singer and his band AC/DC, were blazing a trail across the USA trying to crack it. It’s a warts and all portrayal of a lovable but flawed character which turns into a mystery novel after his untimely death in London in Feb 1980 due to alcohol poisoning and maybe something else. After conflicting accounts Jesse Fink decides to piece together exactly what w ...more
Stephen Malo
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There's a strong urge to now throw away everything I've ever read about the death of Bon, and his life in general. This new book by Jesse Fink opens new theories to Bob's life and tragic death. I now feel for Bon in a way I've never felt before. He was a great guy, but had demons. He wasn't as beloved by the band as I had always assumed. So much secrecy....
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thorough look at Bon Scott during AC/DC's first tour of the United States through the end of Bon Scott's life. I enjoyed this book, For whatever reason, I expected a complete biography of Bon Scott's life and music. That is not what this book is. The book is split pretty evenly into halves. The first half details every tour AC/DC had in the US with Bon Scott prior to his death. Included in this are quotes from friends Bon met on the road, bands who shared the bill with AC/DC and girlfriends of ...more
John Dunbar
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is easily the best book I have ever read about Bon Scott. The meticulous research virtually shines out on every page. Fink humanised Bon in a way no other author has come close to. Most writers seem content to reinforce the stereotypical image of Bon, but here we see a more rounded human portrait, rather than the usual rocker caricature that normally gets churned out on a regular basis. For fans this is essential reading, but there's plenty here for those with a casual interest in the band. ...more
Geoff Sheehan
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book a great read. There are a couple of conclusions drawn, or at least put up as possibilities.
One of which I have felt for some time as likely. Put it this way, I love the Bon era albums plus Back in Black yet felt disappointed in the subsequent albums until the Youngs took over full control of the songs.
The other, while I personally would prefer it not be true, I leave the book with the feeling that it could be true. Or, is likely to be true.
This book should find a spot on the b
Crystal Harkness
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway and I’m glad I did. I knew there had been many books written about AC/DC and all its members, but I feel that I might not have had the opportunity to read (or find out about) this book if it wasn’t for good reads and it’s giveaways.

It is an enjoyable book and a great look into the life of Bon Scott. There are many interviews with Bon’s lovers and friends in the book that tell a personal story about Bon’s life. I also enjoyed seeing the photos included i
Andy Roberts
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The authorised version of Bons death back on that night in February 1980 was 'alcoholic poisoning' and 'misadventure' but this informative and fantastic book gives differing accounts and facts by people associated with him around that time. It delves into the last 32 months of his career with AC/DC and paints a picture of a man succumbing to alcohol and slowly to drugs due to the pressure of long and arduous tours.

Loved every bit of this book! Very recommended!

Thomas Pluck
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exhaustive but not exhausting lol at the life and death of one of the greatest rock frontmen to ever belt out a tune. A must read for fans, especially if the lyrics of Back in Black sound a wee bit too familiar...
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jesse Fink, who wrote the great book about AC/DC architects The Youngs, has delved even deeper into the AC/DC story and examined the back story of Back in Black. As opposed to a tribute to Bon Scott, turns out the album was probably written by but uncredited to Bon.

Fink makes the case from previously unseen and undiscovered evidence, interviews with major players in Bon's life during his last 3 years, and exhaustive research. The definitive story may never come out, but this is a pretty good est
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very well made book. It gives a clear insight into the life of Bon Scott and recalls many different stories from people involved in his life. I enjoyed seeing the photos that were included in the book as well. If you are a fan of AC/DC you should definitely check this book out.
Duncan Smith
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
Jesse sure knows his AC/DC.

He makes a convincing case as to Bon's authorship of a significant amount of the Back in Black lyrics.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
IF you are a Fan of AC/DC and a fan of Bon Scott in particular, you must give this a read. I must caution you however, you must do so with an open mind. Without going into any detail it will smash most of what you know about everyone to be true. If exposing a myth bothers you, don't read it, but if you want to know as much of the truth as you possible can get, Read this not once, but twice. This isn't so much a biography as it is a research project. Mr Fink goes into great detail and expends no ...more
Matthew Ancarrow
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jesse Fink’s BON: THE LAST HIGHWAY investigates the questions still lingering about Bon Scott’s mysterious death and the questions still in the air in the making of BACK IN BLACK after this many years.
Interesting book to read shortly after the death of rhythm guitarist/band taskmaster Malcolm Young.

Highly recommended for fans of AC/DC, rock n’ roll, tragedy, and investigative journalism. Fink is the authority on uncovering all the facts AC/DC / the Youngs would rather leave lost in years and ye
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........Very disappointed in this book. I'm a quarter of the way in and just can't bear to read another page. As a die-hard Bon Scott fan, I was hoping to learn more about Bon's last few years and his contributions to Back in Black. Unfortunately, this is a poorly written bashing of everyone around Bon and little to do with the man himself.

James Rowe
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book that I couldn't put down!! It showcases the fact that Bonn Scott was not only a great front man but also a great rock lyricists!! It also gives a lot of detail about late 70s hard rock in America and elsewhere and also some other interesting details into Bonn's life.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read a book once that posited a theory that the Azore Islands were the mountaintops of the lost continent of Atlantis. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. Point being, by cherry-picking sources, you can support just about any theory.

Jesse Fink’s Bon: The Last Highway pushes two conspiracy theories: The first being (I think) that something regarding Bon Scott’s death was covered up; and second that Bon wrote most, if not all, of the lyrics for the Back in Black album.

In supporting his theories,
Dale Godfrey
Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll start by saying, musically, I like early AC/DC, up to and including Back In Black. This is the first book I’ve ever read about AC/DC, and it’s also the last. I’ve always considered them to be boring, and this book is about probably the most fascinating era, and person in the band.
While I essentially agree with the theories put forward: that narcotics were involved in Bon Scott’s death, the stolen lyric book; etc. I just don’t care. Jesse Fink’s writing style is just irritating. He presents
Shane Forwood
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books about my life long love AC/DC. none of them come even close to Bon: the last highway. no stone is left unturned as jesse gets to the bottom of bon's death and involvement in Back In Black. There is so much information in this book that others do not have,and the insight into Bon's life and the character he really was is fascinating. Jesse is not scared to dispel myths long held by many,even if it goes against the grain.Upon reading this book i felt a sadness for Bon for th ...more
Micky Neilson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an unauthorized biography, so many things must be taken with a grain of salt, but I've always been fascinated with Bon's demise, and of course I'm a huge AC/DC fan, so this was a must-read. I believe that the author did a good job of proposing hypotheses as to what really happened the night Bon died. Well worth the read for other folks who share the same interests and have the same questions. Critiques: I felt the book was longer than it needed to be, and there were times when things tha ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bio-s-auto-s
Sadly this didn't live up to my expectations. Probably could have just read the last few chapters to get the gist of what seemed a very long winded tale.
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Jesse Fink was born in London in 1973 and raised and educated in Australia. He is the author of four books including the international bestseller THE YOUNGS: THE BROTHERS WHO BUILT AC/DC (St Martin's Press). It was released in over 20 countries and translated into 11 languages.
In 2017 he released two books: BON: THE LAST HIGHWAY (ECW Press), a major biography of legendary AC/DC singer Bon Scott,