AC/DC singer, Brian Johnson shares life and career in new memoir

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson shares a new memoir, The Lives of Brian, which chronicles his experiences before and after fame.

Brian Johnson of AC/DC has unveiled a new memoir titled The Lives of Brian, in which he chronicles his journey from growing up around Newcastle, to working as a vinyl car roof fitter in England, to becoming the frontman of a globally renowned metal band.

The 75-year-old musician says of the book, “It wasn’t so much to validate my life. It was to validate the lives of all the wonderful people that I met that helped shape my life — friends from school, friends at the factories, friends in the music.”

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Throughout the memoir, Brian Johnson details a myriad of turbulent and bittersweet experiences, including replacing the band’s original frontman Bon Scott in 1980 after his passing, the making of their acclaimed album Back in Black, and being forced to drop out of the AC/DC tour 2016, due to significant hearing damage.

“At the age of 28, I’d lost everything. My marriage, my career, my house,” writes Johnson. “I loved every second of it. But, of course, it was also a reminder that I’d had my shot and blown it.”

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The Lives of Brian was officially released in the US today (October 25) via Dey Street Books, and reportedly launched in the UK on October 13 via Penguin Michael Joseph. In Australia, it is currently available for purchase through outlets including Dymocks and Booktopia, as well as pre-order through Amazon.