A Simple Kind Of Life: Gwen Stefani & No Doubt
he Orange County band was formed in 1986 by Eric Stefani and John Spence, and they soon recruited Eric's younger sister Gwen as co-vocalist. With the addition of Tony Kanal on bass, No Doubt launched a 20-year career that would fuse ska, grunge, alt.rock and shades of other musical genres into a unique mix. The 1987 suicide of John Spence resulted in the battlefield promotion of Gwen Stefani to lead vocalist, a shift that would prove a launch pad for her future solo career and media celebrity status. Despite a shifting line-up, inner turmoil and the potential distraction of Stefani's solo career, No Doubt have stayed true to their mission to be musical and visual innovators. With contributions from former and current band members, collaborators, friends and critics, A Simple Kind Of Life is the first major biography of No Doubt, described by Vogue magazine as a 'smartly told tale of an icon-in-the-making'.
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.