Mark Evans joined AC/DC in 1975, at only nineteen years old, when they were one of the hardest working and loudest rock bands in Australia. In the next few years AC/DC recorded four bestselling albums, and Mark found himself headlining world tours and living the life of a bonafide rock star. His memoir, Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside and Outside of AC/DC, is the first book written by an AC/DC insider, giving fans insight into the life of not only Evans, but also singer Bon Scott, who died tragically in 1980. Rock and roll icons like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, and members of Metallica feature as well.
AC/DC remains one of the top-grossing bands of all time, and Mark’s memoir is the first to reveal the band dynamic from behind the scenes, painting a portrait of five extremely hardworking, talented, and mischievous musicians who were yet culpable to the demons that drive many bands apart: sudden fame, sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
A product of a rough but supportive environment, former AC/DC bassist Evans had resigned himself to a life working in the post office when a friend mentioned that an up-and-coming band was in need of a bass player. Evans got the gig and found himself swept up in a tornado of shows, booze, and girls that lasted for years. Though not founding member, Evans was there when the band's star began to rise with the recording of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Strangely, these musical landmarks are treated as asides in favor of a workmanlike telling of the day-to-day experience of being a band member. Evans goes to great lengths to describe the band's many living arrangements while rehearsing and recording, and these domestic concerns take up much of the book. There are a handful of entertaining anecdotes about fellow rock stars George Harrison among them and insights into the band's strange family dynamic (thanks to brothers Angus and Malcolm Young), but they're the exception rather than the rule. Those hoping for a cover-to-cover expos full of dirt will be disappointed. Hardcore fans will probably appreciate the book, but those interested in the band's early days will likely be better served by one of the other AC/DC biographies on shelves. Photos.
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A thank you to Mark for sharing his history. Nothing like reading about the early years of a band written by someone who was actually playing IN it instead of from the average reporter/fact gatherer. You can tell Mark has a few regrets but at least he has a lot of great memories and an an amazing past to look back on. This book has a lot of first person, behind the scenes stories that any AC/DC fan will enjoy. And of course it has extensive info on the Bon years which are the most interesting ones anyway. Highly recommend purchasing it.