Brian Johnson, AC DClegendary leader of the group, will publish his long-awaited autobiography, “Brian’s Life”on October 13, 2022 — a year later than originally planned.
The book will be published in the UK by Penguin Michel Josepha division of Random penguin houseby the director of publication Rowland White. It will be published simultaneously in the United States by Dey Street Booksan imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins,.
Johnson joined AC DC in 1980 after the death of the former lead singer Good Scott.
His first album with the group, “Back in Black”became the best-selling rock album of all time.
After a quarter century of platinum albums and record-breaking tours, he was forced to leave the band in 2016 after being diagnosed with hearing loss, but made a triumphant return in 2020 with the release of “Power On”, which went to No. 1 in 21 countries. A successful competitive vintage race car driver, Johnson has more recently won acclaim as a charismatic TV show presenter “Moving Cars with Brian Johnson” and “Brian Johnson: A Life on the Road”.
“I’ve had long nights and good nights, bad days and a lot of good days, and in that time I’ve gone from altar boy to rock ‘n’ roll singer, and now I’m gone and I wrote a bloody book about it,” says Johnson.
“brianThe memoir captures an unforgettable moment in rock history. Anyone who wants to understand brianhis roots as well as the moment of ignition when he joined AC DC and helped create a monster album is going to have an unforgettable adventure,” says Dey Street Books SVP and Editor-in-Chief Mauro DiPreta.
Rowland White says: “From growing up in the North East, the son of a former British Army Sergeant Major and an Italian mother, to fronting the biggest rock band in the world, “Brian’s Life” tells one of the best stories in music in brianhis own inimitable voice. His life has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs in which success as a musician has too often felt out of reach. But even when it looked like defeat had been ripped from the jaws of victory, he never gave up. And throughout his journey, his feet remained firmly anchored to the ground. Warm, lively, evocative, life-affirming and often funny, “Brian’s Life” is a landmark rock ‘n’ roll memoir from one of our most beloved artists. brianis one of a kind and I couldn’t be more proud to publish his book.”
Johnson was born to a steelworker and World War II veteran father and an Italian mother, having grown up in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, a working-class town. He was musically inclined and sang with the church choir. In the early 70s, he performed with the glam rock band GEORDIA, and they had some success, but it was difficult. So hard that in 1976 they disbanded and brian turned to a blue-collar life.
Then 1980 changed everything. Good Scottthe lead singer and lyricist of the Australian rock band AC DC died aged 33. The group auditioned singers, including Johnsonwho Scott he himself had seen the play and was in ecstasies. Within a few days, Johnson was in the studio with the band, working with founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Ruddwith the producer Mutt Lange.
When the album “Back in Black”came out in July — just three months after Johnson had joined the band – it exploded, selling 50 million copies worldwide and sparking a years-long world tour. It was declared “the best-selling hard rock album ever made” and “the best-selling heavy metal album in history”.
The band toured the world for a full year in support of the album, changing the face of rock music – and Johnsonis life – forever.
Touching, personal, indomitable, but always funny to laugh at, “Brian’s Life” is the story of one of the world’s most beloved performers, told in his own inimitable and unique voice.