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.
Malcolm lived hard and fast, enduring incredible hardship when the band started out in the mid-1970s, surviving the terrible loss of Bon Scott in 1980, and suffering numerous personal demons, including alcoholism. Yet without Malcolm Young, there would have been no AC/DC. As the band's former bassist, Mark Evans, wrote of Malcolm: 'He was the driven one, the planner, the schemer, the behind the scenes guy, ruthless and astute.'
This is the first biography to focus exclusively on Malcolm and tells the riveting story of his remarkable rise from working-class Glasgow and the Villawood migrant hostel in Sydney to the biggest stages in the world. It includes rarely seen photographs and is essential reading for any AC/DC fan.
You can read an extract from the book here.