Never Enough: The Story Of The Cure
The Cure emerged in the post-punk 1970s and defied all expectations to launch a marathon career marked by hit records and a string of sell-out arena shows. Never Enough is the first definitive biography of these post punk survivors. It traces their roots in middle-class Crawley, Sussex and tracks their gradual rise, revealing how their first major album Pornography almost ended the band well before their multi-platinum career began. It also documents Robert Smith's escape into the Siouxsie and the Banshees camp during the 1980s, his experimentation with every drug ('bar smack') and his reluctance to return to The Cure, even though they would eventually become superstars, not only on both sides of the Atlantic but all around the globe. Classic Rock magazine described this book as 'a solid, all-encompassing history'.
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.