Fornication: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Story
How can a band that started as a joke become one of music's most unstoppable forces? These sonic soulmates have endured death, addictions, an unstable line-up, and have still managed to produce some of the most vital rock and roll of the past three decades. Fornication, the best-selling biography of the band, charts the Red Hot Chili Peppers' unlikely rise, from their days as funk-loving punks wearing little more than smirks, to their current status as multi-million sellers and dynamic performers. Fornication tells the complete Red Hot Chili Peppers story, from their first meeting at a Los Angeles high school, through death, disharmony and their resurrection, which led to the creation of such career-defining albums as BloodSugarSexMagik, Californication and By The Way.
My book is mentioned in a recent Rolling Stone story about the band and the 25th anniversary of their album BloodSugarSexMagik.
High Voltage is the first biography to focus exclusively on Angus. It tells of his remarkable rise from working-class Glasgow and Sydney to the biggest stages in the world. The youngest of eight kids, Angus always seemed destined for a life in music, and it was his passion and determination that saw AC/DC become hard rock’s greatest act. Over the years, Angus has endured the devastating death of iconic vocalist Bon Scott, the forced retirement of his brother in arms, Malcolm Young, and more recently the loss from the band of singer Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd. Yet somehow the little guitar maestro has kept AC/DC not just on the rails, but at the top of the rock pile. Must be those big balls . . .
I launched the book at the Thirroul Writers Festival on August 25 and spoke with AC/DC photographer Philip Morris at Rockdale Library on September 5. You can read an extract of High Voltage here and also read a review from the Daily Review and from Sydney's Daily Telegraph. I'm being interviewed here on Channel 9's Today Extra. I spoke with Nick Bennett at Talking Lifestyle about High Voltage, Bern Young at ABC Gold Coast and Andrew O'Keefe at Weekend Sunrise. Here's a piece I wrote about Angus for the Guardian. High Voltage also topped the independent publisher bestseller list on its week of release — it's a #1!
Here are details for the aduio book edition of High Voltage.