Dirty Deeds My life inside and outside of AC/DC
written by Mark Evans
Allen and Unwin | ISBN 9781743310847
Paperback – 324 pages
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This is one of the more enjoyable, of the many “band autobiographies” that are circulating at the moment. Mark Evans, the original bass player for AC/DC writes in humble and respectful way that is very enjoyable to read. He re-tells many great stories of the beginnings, rise to notoriety and falling out in an honest recollection. The book is written from the perspective of someone who was actually there, not a distant music journalist and gladly it doesn`t break down into a band member slagging match. If you like music autobiographies, this is one of the better reads.
By Bevynn Wilkinson
A few days after his 19th birthday, rock and roll lover and bass player Mark Evans wandered into his local to check out the band - and his life would never be the same again. Two days later he was playing his first show as bass player with AC/DC; within a week he was on Countdown, rocking out next to wildman Bon Scott, who was dressed as a pigtailed, cigarette-smoking schoolgirl - and waving a mallet - and Angus who was - of course - decked out as a schoolboy. And all for the princely wage of $60 a week! Then came nearly being burnt alive on the video shoot for 'Jailbreak', and working with legends Vanda and Young on the massive album TNT, on which Mark's take-no-prisoners basslines anchored such immortal hits as 'TNT' and 'It's a Long Way To the Top'. Within a year, the band had relocated to London and were on the road to rock 'n' roll stardom, living the life of rock gods and making the most of all that had to offer. Until the tragic death of his good friend Bon Scott changed everything. Dirty Deeds is the first book about AC/DC written from the inside, by an insider - which is gold for any AC/DC fan. It is an honest, gripping, sometimes laugh-out-loud account of a band that lived fast, played hard and broke every one of the rules - before they broke all the records. It is also a revealing and frank memoir of a man who's had to contend with everything life has thrown at him - a rough-as-guts upbringing, lucky breaks and soaring highs, as well as terrible personal tragedy and loss. The hard lessons Mark has learned along the way will inspire any reader.