ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 16, 2014
The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC
By (author) Jesse Fink
With sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world, it’s a family business built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young. As with any business, some people prospered while others got hurt along the way. The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book you’ve read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making. Important figures from AC/DC’s long journey to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the band’s success are given the credit they are due. Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational new details emerge to cast a whole new light on the band’s history – especially their early years with Atlantic Records in the United States. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their perspectives on the Youngs’ brand of magic. Their music has never pulled its punches. Neither does The Youngs.After 40 years, AC/DC might just have got the serious book it deserves.
Jesse Fink worked for five years as a senior editor of non-fiction for HarperCollins before becoming deputy editor of Inside Sport magazine. He has won or been commended for several Australian Sports Commission Media Awards and had his feature writing collected in a number of anthologies. He lives in Sydney, Australia. Jesse Fink was born in London, England, in 1973 and raised and educated in Sydney, Australia, by his Australian parents. Fink worked for five years as a senior editor of non-fiction for HarperCollins Publishers, being responsible for a number of award-winning books such as John Curtin: A Life by David Day and The Carpet Wars by Christopher Kremmer. He then branched out into print journalism. As deputy editor of Inside Sport magazine he was nominated for a Walkley Award for Coverage of Sport (All Media) in 2003. He has won or been commended for several Australian Sports Commission Media Awards and had his feature writing collected in a number of anthologies. In 2007 Fink wrote his first book, the critically acclaimed 15 Days in June: How Australia Became a Football Nation, and took his popular ‘Half-Time Orange’ football column from Fox Sports to SBS. He would go on to become the TV network’s most popular football writer in terms of readership, numbers of comments and “hits”, amassing over 500 columns by mid 2011. During that period he also produced columns for The Roar, SBS Sport and Tribal Football in Australia, ESPN Star Sports in Singapore, Sportingbet in the United Kingdom, Asia Times Online in Thailand, Sunday Guardian in India, Al Jazeera in Qatar and other outlets. Outside of column writing, Fink has contributed features to publications such as Inside Sport, Sport & Style, Dazed & Confused, Jakarta Globe, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan Australia, Cosmopolitan Croatia, Virgin Australia Voyeur, France Football, Grazia, Golf Magazine, Sunday Canberra Times, Sun Herald and Sunday Age. He has also written for the US dating and relationships website YourTango. Additionally, Fink has provided expert opinion for or been quoted as a commentator in media outlets such as CNN (USA), BBC Sport (UK), the Christian Science Monitor (USA), Sky News (UK), World Football Insider (USA), The Wall Street Journal (USA), 7.30 (ABC-TV, Australia), Sky News (Australia), ABC Radio National (Australia), The National (Abu Dhabi), Madison (Australia), Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia), VIVAnews (Indonesia), Yonhap News (South Korea), The New Paper (Singapore), Eurosport (France), Tinthethao (Vietnam), Bong Da (Vietnam), Blic (Serbia) and Vijesti (Montenegro). He has appeared as a guest on TV programmes Mornings (Nine Network, Australia) and The Morning Show (Seven Network, Australia). In 2012 he released his second book, a memoir titled Laid Bare: One Man’s Story of Sex, Love and Other Disorders. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his daughter.